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New film aims to reveal reality behind search for asylum

The film aims to strip away misconceptions and prejudices about asylum seekers in Switzerland.

(federal refugee office)

A new documentary film about asylum seekers in Switzerland is be screened on Thursday in Geneva to coincide with the 50 anniversary of the United Nations refugee agency.

The film, entitled "Us and them - asylum in Switzerland" explores the fate of three asylum seekers, and describes the process they must go through to win asylum in Switzerland.

The 45-minute film aims to inform the Swiss about asylum policy and to foster greater understanding of the plight of asylum seekers.

The makers say it is ideal for screening in schools, and has been translated into German, French and Italian. It can be ordered on video from the federal office for refugees (address below)

The film was made with support from the federal refugee office, the Catholic charity, Caritas, the Swiss Red Cross and the Swiss foundation for audiovisual education. It was funded by the cantons and private sponsors.

It coincides with the 50th anniversary of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which is being marked on Thursday.

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