A safe haven

For some, asylum seekers are a drain on the economy and a threat to social stability; for others, helping them is a cornerstone of Switzerland’s humanitarian tradition.

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Tama's tales Me and my mum

Tama Vakeesan was born in Switzerland to parents from Sri Lanka. She speaks with her mother who explains what it was like to leave her home country.

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Year in review 2015: when the wave of migrants reached Europe

Which countries have been most affected by the influx of migrants and refugees? What impact would quotas have? The answers in a series of ...

Asylum lottery Six graphs to understand the migration phenomenon

Every day, thousands of refugees and migrants are crossing European borders, searching for protection or a better life. It is posing an ...