Foreign policy on migration

People sitting around a table reading and writing.
Many people are forced to leave their home regions for various economic, political or social reasons. © Keystone

In the context of globalisation and the increasing internationalisation of all aspects of life, individual reasons for mobility and the methods that are available have become more diverse and complex. In addition to voluntary migration however, there are a number of situations that result in forced displacement.

Switzerland is committed to protecting refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants. It works to establish a framework that promotes respect for and the protection of their rights.

It does this at multilateral level via the international dialogue on migration and at bilateral level through migration partnerships.

The Federal Administration coordinates its migration-related activities under an interdepartmental structure for international cooperation on migration (the ICM structure), which was created by the Federal Council in February 2011.

Switzerland’s foreign policy on migration

Making use of the opportunities provided by migration, and meeting challenges constructively and in partnership – Switzerland is committed to a coherent and comprehensive migration foreign policy.

Migration partnerships

Migration partnerships are one of the instruments Switzerland uses in its foreign policy on migration.

Facts and trends

Facts, figures and trends concerning migration and displacement around the world.

International dialogue on migration

Addressing migration within the framework of global governance – Switzerland promotes and helps shape inclusive dialogue and constructive cooperation in multilateral bodies.

Protection in the regions of origin

Protecting refugees and migrants on migratory routes and in regions of first refuge.