The Swiss Army expands its support for sheltering refugees

More beds are needed for refugees arriving in Switzerland, especially due to the influx of those from Ukraine. © Keystone / Jan Ehrnzeller

The Swiss Army will provide the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) with additional accommodation to deal with the influx of refugees and asylum-seekers.

This content was published on Dec 16, 2022 – 16:00

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Likewise, up to 500 soldiers will cooperate in adapting and operating the infrastructure that will be provided to the refugees and their transportation. His participation will continue until the end of next March, based on a decision by the government. mentionedexternal link This friday and sem.

The army forces join 140 civilians who will also take part in the operations.

The government stresses that additional resources are needed to ensure accommodation and support for refugees and asylum-seekers in the coming months.

The Ministry of Refugee Affairs estimates that an additional 3,000 beds will be needed in the medium term, largely due to the influx of refugees from Ukraine.

The Army will provide an additional 2,100 beds in military training schools that can be expanded to 2,700. To do so, it will initiate transfer courses and recruits.

The Ministry of Migration and Refugees expects the number of refugees from Ukraine to reach about 75,000 by the end of the year and the number of asylum seekers to reach about 24,000.

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