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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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Focus Armenien : Häusliche Gewalt: Staatlicher Schutz und nicht-staatliche Unterstützung

2 July 2013 | Publisher: Switzerland: State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) | Document type: Country Reports

The Tibetan Community in India

30 June 2013 | Publisher: Switzerland: State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) | Document type: Country Reports

Foreigners and asylum seekers in Switzerland

April 2012 | Publisher: Switzerland: State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) | Document type: Country Reports

Focus Armenien : Psychiatrische und psychologische Versorgung

2 February 2012 | Publisher: Switzerland: State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) | Document type: Country Reports

The Development in Algeria in the Shade of the Arabic Spring, and its Consequences on Migration (Public version)

20 January 2012 | Publisher: Switzerland: State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) | Document type: Country Reports

The Development in Morocco in the Shade of the Arabic Spring and its Consequences on Migration

15 December 2011 | Publisher: Switzerland: State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) | Document type: Country Reports

D-A-CH – Analyse der Länderanalyse BFM Georgien : Identitätsdokumente

June 2011 | Publisher: Switzerland: State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) | Document type: Country Reports

Cabinda : évolution de la situation depuis 2003

11 April 2009 | Publisher: Switzerland: State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) | Document type: Country Reports

Staatswerdungsprozess und Auswirkungen auf die wichtigsten Minderheiten

5 March 2009 | Publisher: Switzerland: State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) | Document type: Country Reports

Sahara occidental: processus de paix, institutions sahraouies, droits de l'homme, migration

23 May 2008 | Publisher: Switzerland: State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) | Document type: Country Reports

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