The war in Ukraine has begun. Switzerland must now prepare to take in 10,000 people! Sign the open letter to Karin Keller-Sutter.
“Dear Federal Councillor Karin Keller Sutter,The situation for the civilian population in the Ukrainian crisis region is coming to a head: a military escalation and acts of war can be expected at any time. Switzerland and Europe must urgently prepare to take in refugees and find a solidarity-based pan-European solution.
All people in need of protection because they are fleeing a destructive war and are seeking refuge for themselves and their families have a right to protection of life and limb and must have the opportunity to apply for asylum in a safe country. However, due to the increasing isolation of Europe, this is becoming more and more difficult, as the recent refugee drama on the border between Belarus and Poland has shown. In order to protect war refugees from Ukraine as well as from other crisis regions, safe and legal access routes to Europe and Switzerland are needed.
The undersigned call on you, as the responsible head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police, and on the Federal Council, in close cooperation with the cantons, the municipalities and civil society, to take the necessary precautions so that 10,000 protection seekers from the Ukrainian crisis region can be admitted as quickly as possible. Our country must also create legal access routes through which people in need of protection can reach Switzerland safely and unharmed.”