Asylum applications and refugees in Switzerland

13,226 asylum applications by refugees were received in 2021 in Switzerland — according to UNHCR. Most of them came from Afghanistan, Turkey and from Eritrea. A total of 7,737 decisions have been made on initial applications. Around 69% of them were answered positively. 31 percent of asylum applications have been rejected in the first instance. The most successful have been the applications of refugees from Yemen and from Myanmar.

Refugee countries by origin and destination

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Incoming asylum applications in Switzerland 2000 to 2021

The top line represents the total number of asylum applications (first applications + reviews). Below are the number of recognized refugees (green) and rejected applications (red).

Asylum applications from foreign refugees in Switzerland

The total number of initial and continuing applications refers to the year 2021. Please note that the number of decisions (acceptances or rejections) does not have to add up with the number of applications because there may still have been open cases from previous years. Also, they don't have to be closed within the same calendar year. In addition, asylum procedures can also be closed, if the applicant disappeared or withdrew the application.

New Applications

Afghanistan2,9604465189.7 %
Turkey2,2461,96422489.8 %
Eritrea1,7261,44417589.2 %
Algeria96251563.1 %
Syria9056007788.6 %
Morocco5120840.0 %
Iraq4979319032.9 %
Somalia3951011190.2 %
Georgia3330820.0 %
Sri Lanka26924429545.3 %
Iran2609620531.9 %
Ethiopia177443257.9 %
Tunisia1700350.0 %
Libya166101638.5 %
China139317130.4 %
unknown126484949.5 %
Nigeria1060400.0 %
Pakistan90103124.4 %
Guinea7751033.3 %
Colombia76185225.7 %
Serbia725667.0 %
Congo (Dem. Republic)69173036.2 %
North Macedonia680240.0 %
Russia65223737.3 %
Albania530370.0 %
Ukraine420170.0 %
Venezuela4011568.8 %
Cameroon37101934.5 %
Lebanon340170.0 %
Gambia32050.0 %
Yemen30170100.0 %
Ivory Coast2810566.7 %
Sudan2714573.7 %
Egypt2613572.2 %
Belarus2652020.0 %
Senegal2151033.3 %
Angola200250.0 %
Bosnia and Herzegovina180130.0 %
Myanmar17130100.0 %
Ghana160100.0 %
Azerbaijan15122433.3 %
Armenia14050.0 %
Togo1413572.2 %
Mongolia13050.0 %
Sierra Leone12050.0 %
Uganda110130.0 %
India90110.0 %
Montenegro90120.0 %
Tajikistan90120.0 %
United States9050.0 %
Cuba8120100.0 %
Germany85550.0 %
Rwanda8050.0 %
Guinea-Bissau7050.0 %
Western Sahara600
Burkina Faso500
Kazakhstan511568.8 %
Netherlands5050.0 %
Nicaragua550100.0 %
Saudi Arabia550100.0 %
Zimbabwe5050.0 %
Benin0050.0 %
Brazil050100.0 %
Totals13,2265,3692,36869.4 %

National migrant stock from 1960 to 2020

In 2020 a total of 2,491,249 migrants lived in Switzerland, representing about 4 percent of the total population. These are all residents who live permanently in the country but were born in another country. The numbers includes granted refugees but no asylum seekers. The data are based on the results of censuses, as well as on estimates and projections from the United Nations Population Division. (Values of the graph in millions of immigrants)

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