Launch of the new asylum procedure: HEKS/EPER on the frontline of implementation
The entry into force of the revised Asylum Act last Friday 1 March means that asylum applications will now be handled through an accelerated procedure. During their stay at a Federal Asylum Centre (FAC), asylum seekers are given advice about the asylum procedure in general and are informed about their rights and duties under the asylum procedure. Besides, each asylum seeker is assigned a legal representative from the very start of the preparatory phase. The legal representative also acts as spokesperson for unaccompanied minor asylum seekers present in federal asylum centres. In October 2018, the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) assigned HEKS/EPER the tasks of legal protection in the asylum regions of Western Switzerland and North-eastern Switzerland through a public tendering procedure.