Parliamentarians and HEKS/EPER call for additional humanitarian relief for refugees and temporarily admitted persons
In late November the Federal Council proposed that Switzerland should admit an additional 800 particularly vulnerable refugees from Syria in the year ahead. It furthermore proposes that a programme should be approved every two years for the admission of altogether 1500 to 2000 refugees in need of protection. The Federal Council's proposal aims fundamentally in the right direction, but falls short given the persisting worldwide refugee crisis. Besides raising the admission quota, additional humanitarian relief is needed for refugees and temporarily admitted persons. National Councillors Lisa Mazzone (Greens, GE) and Rosemarie Quadranti (BDP, ZH) will therefore be introducing the relevant parliamentary procedural requests in the course of the current winter session.