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Bids for asylum increase again

The number of people applying for asylum in Switzerland rose to its highest level this year in October, but there are still more asylum-seekers leaving the country than entering it.

The Federal Refugee Office said it received 1,814 applications last month, 161 more than in September. However, the figure remains well below the number of departures, which reached 3,039 in October.

Most people seeking asylum are still coming from Yugoslavia (338 last month), followed by Turkey (152), Bosnia-Herzegovina (147), and Iraq (99).

Asylum-seekers from Yugoslavia are by far also the largest group leaving Switzerland. They made up more than half of all departures in October.

The refugee office said a total of 34,215 people had returned to Yugoslavia, mostly to the province of Kosovo, this year.

swissinfo with agencies

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