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Switzerland: State Secretariat for Migration (SEM)

The Swiss State Secretariat for Migration (SEM), formerly Federal Office for Migration (FOM), regulates the conditions under which people can enter Switzerland in order to live and work here. It also decides who will receive protection from persecution. Moreover, the authority co-ordinates Federal government, cantonal and communal efforts on behalf of integration and is the organ responsible at Federal level for naturalization matters. In addition, the State Secretariat advises Swiss citizens planning to emigrate. An international dialogue on all aspects of migration policy is actively cultivated with countries of origin, transit and other target countries as well as with international organizations. Its headquarters are in Berne, with six branch offices in the various regions of Switzerland.

The State Secretariat for Migration has its own Country Information Department, which collects and distributes information on the countries of origin of individuals applying for asylum in Switzerland. Reports which are in the public domain are included in Refworld. Website: www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home.html
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Kosovo - UNO-Protektorat: Eine Bilanz Statusfrage: Meinungsverschiedenheiten unüberwindbar?

27 April 2004 | Publisher: Switzerland: State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) | Document type: Country Reports

Kosovo: Politische Lage und Parteien vier Jahre nach Kriegsende Eine Standortbestimmung

31 March 2004 | Publisher: Switzerland: State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) | Document type: Country Reports

Kosovo - Wirtschaftliche und soziale Lage

15 March 2004 | Publisher: Switzerland: State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) | Document type: Country Reports

AIDS in Südafrika

12 January 2004 | Publisher: Switzerland: State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) | Document type: Country Reports

Finding your way in Switzerland as a refugee

2004 | Publisher: Switzerland: State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) | Document type: Handbooks/Manuals

AIDS in Uganda

26 November 2003 | Publisher: Switzerland: State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) | Document type: Country Reports

AIDS in Simbabwe

19 November 2003 | Publisher: Switzerland: State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) | Document type: Country Reports

The Berne Initiative, Information Note III

October 2003 | Publisher: Switzerland: State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

The Berne Initiative, Report "An International Agenda for Migration Management" (Berne, 2-3 July 2003)

August 2003 | Publisher: Switzerland: State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

Generelle Hinweise zu afrikanischen Sprachen

6 June 2003 | Publisher: Switzerland: State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) | Document type: Thematic Reports

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