Switzerland provides assistance to Ukrainian citizens who were forced to leave their homes due to the war. Refugees can enter Switzerland without a biometric passport and visa and stay in the country without registration for 90 days. Refugees can then obtain temporary protection status — status S.
The TSN.ua website tells what kind of assistance is provided to Ukrainians in Switzerland. We talk about living conditions, the amount of financial assistance, medical care and education.
Who can get temporary protection in Switzerland
S status grants the right to reside in Switzerland for one year, followed by an extension of the period of stay. In November, the country's Federal Council extended the program until March 4, 2024. The European Union plans to extend the temporary protection of Ukrainian refugees until 2025.
The procedure for obtaining protection consists of three stages: filling out an application, providing personal data and fingerprints. After registration and registration of S status, Ukrainians are assigned to one of the cantons of the country, there are 26 of them in total.
Housing for Ukrainians in Switzerland
Upon arrival in the canton, Ukrainians are accommodated in a refugee reception center. The conditions are different, but most often up to 20 people live in a room. On a first-come, first-served basis, you may be relocated to a family that is willing to accept refugees. Most often, this process takes up to several weeks.
Medical care for refugees in Switzerland
After obtaining the S status, Ukrainians receive the right to free primary medical care: doctors' appointments, consultations, diagnostics and free prescription drugs. Conditions may vary slightly depending on the region of Switzerland.
Ukrainians in Switzerland / Photo: Today.com
Payments for refugees in Switzerland
In the sixth month of the full-scale war in Ukraine, the Swiss government announced stricter conditions for calculating cash payments to Ukrainians. Financial assistance is 1,500 Swiss francs (€1,510) per month. However, not all refugees receive the payment. Each application for payment is considered separately, taking into account the financial situation of a particular person or family. Previously, income and property were not taken into account.
Education for refugees in Switzerland
Ukrainian children can attend schools in Switzerland for free.
Detailed information in Ukrainian on the asylum procedure in Switzerland can be found on the website of the State Secretariat for Migration.
Switzerland refuses re-protection, but an exception can be made for Ukrainians moving from countries overloaded with a large number of refugees.
Recall that the rules for entering EU countries will be tightened from 2024. The changes will affect Ukrainians and residents of other visa-free countries - to cross the border, you will have to obtain a special ETIAS permit and pay a fee of 7 euros for it. You will also need to fill out a special questionnaire, which must be approved.