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«Kaiseraugst (AG): Reception of refugees from the Moria camp»

Level: Municipality
Municipality: Kaiseraugst (AG)
Status: Rejected


18.11.20: Request to the municipality of Kaiseraugst (AG),

  • to agree to take in 4 refugees from Moria;
  • To call on the canton and the federal government to take the necessary measures to enable the reception of refugees from Moria;
  • to coordinate with the cities and municipalities in the canton of Aargau as well as with Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne, St. Gallen, Winterthur and Zurich, which are taking similar initiatives to take in people who have fled.

14.12.20: Rejection by the municipal council

“The municipal council rejects the request […] to take in four refugees. However, in the event of a cantonal request, the municipal council is happy to consider taking in four more people.”

Resolution of the Municipal Council of 14.12.20

The following points are made in justification:

  • The allocation of refugees to the municipalities is the responsibility of the federal government and the canton.
  • The municipality of Kaiseraugst already looks after twice as many people as it has to according to the cantonal requirement (43 instead of 18.55 people).
  • The municipality had the capacity to take in four more people. It would consider taking them in if the canton made a request.

This initiative is part of the campaign “500 people for Aargau”.

The refugee camps in Greece are in dire straits. Several tens of thousands of refugees are locked up in camps under the most degrading conditions. Their situation is so unbearable that at Easter 2020, the three national churches of Switzerland jointly appealed to the Federal Council to alleviate the tragedy and accept 5000 refugees from Greece into Switzerland.

The campaign “500 people for the municipalities in Aargau” takes up this appeal and wants to achieve that municipalities and cities voluntarily increase their quota for taking in people. In this way, they can create the necessary capacity in and with the canton for the government to register the “free space” with the federal government for the admission of people from precarious camps. Numerous communes have already given positive feedback.

Ask your municipality in Aargau to take in people too. The requests are coordinated by the association Netzwerk Asyl Aargau.

Letter template “500 people for the municipalities in Aargau”.