In an interview with “NZZ am Sonntag”, Karin Keller-Sutter explains that Switzerland is urgently preparing for the influx of large numbers of refugees from Russia.
The Federal Council wants to grant protection status to refugees from Ukraine. But for now, Bern does not know the number of refugees from Ukraine planned to be welcomed in Switzerland, Karin Keller-Sutter said in an interview with “NZZ am Sonntag”. During his meeting with his colleagues in the European Union (EU), it was estimated that five to seven million people could leave Ukraine – 1.3 have already done so. First, they have to stay in the eastern countries where the family is – Hungary, Romania and Poland, the federal councilor considers. But depending on the evolution of the war and over time, they may return to other countries. At present, however, the countries of Eastern Europe do not want to distribute Ukrainian refugees in Europe, as proposed by the European Union and the Schengen area.
Bern should be ready anyway
According to the European supply key, tens of thousands of refugees from Ukraine can stay in our country. The head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) explains that it is up to Switzerland to prepare for whatever happens, without wanting to speculate about the figures. “The Federal Council has decided in principle to use the security position to provide assistance as quickly as possible and unofficially,” he recalled. Coincidental planning with the regions has been expedited to prepare for the arrival of large numbers of Ukrainians. However, for now, the bureaucracy is lagging behind (see box) and the country is not yet ready to provide them with thousands of beds. Saint-Galloise has appealed to the Swiss people for a temporary welcome of refugees. Moreover, thousands of private individuals have already declared themselves for such a reception, according to the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) quoted by “SonntagsZeitung”.
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