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Applying for asylum

If you run the risk of being persecuted or deprived of liberty in your country of origin (or in the country where you used to live) for reasons of race, religion or nationality, then you may apply for asylum in Switzerland. A further reason to seek asylum may be your political views or affiliation with a certain social group.

An asylum application can be submitted verbally or in writing to the border control at a Swiss airport or to a reception and processing centre. Asylum applications may only be submitted at the Swiss border or on Swiss territory.

Although asylum applications are not bound to any formal provisions, they should include supporting evidence of threats or persecution whenever possible. If an application is made at the border, the border guards will notify the Federal Office for Migration (FOM).

Effects of Dublin procedure

Dublin member states determine which member has authority to process the asylum application. This prevents an asylum seeker from applying for asylum in several different countries. Dublin member countries include EU member states as well as Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

Details on how to submit an asylum application to FOM

Addresses of asylum reception and application centres in Switzerland