The number of asylum seekers has practically doubled between 2010 and 2012, notably due to the Arab Spring. Over the long-term, figures peaked at the end of the 1990s due to the Balkans war, and were at a low in 2005.
Asylum applications over the years
Leftwing parties, trade unions and human rights groups are challenging a decision by parliament to restrict access to asylum and set up special centres to speed up the procedure. It is the latest in a long series of reforms of the Swiss asylum law. [...]
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