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Advisory body agreed for asylum matters

The government has decided to set up a taskforce for asylum matters and to devise an emergency policy to deal with a possible massive influx of asylum seekers.

Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga said the aim was to ensure that “Switzerland is well prepared for extraordinary situations”, notably up to 700 additional asylum requests per month.

However, she stressed that the current state of affairs was perfectly normal and the predicted massive influx of asylum seekers from North African countries had not materialised yet.

“The measures are not for the present day but for the future,” she told the media after Wednesday’s regular cabinet meeting.

The taskforce, made up of at least 15 experts from various ministries and the cantons, will act as a strategic advisory body for the government and is part of the policy plan. The policy plan is to be ready by autumn.

Sommaruga pointed out that the two new measures are not linked to a report aimed at speeding up the asylum procedure, which won approval by a parliamentary commission on Monday.


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