Big number of Eritrean Asylum Seekers in Swiss rejected
In September 30 times more rejection of asylum decisions were issued for Eritreans.
www.tagesanzeiger.ch | October 27, 2015
Between June and September the rejection decisions have risen sharply on asylum applications from Eritrea: In June the number was 24; In September there were 772 rejections. The State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) explains this increase with the possibility of sending asylum seekers back to Italy.
In July, there were 77 rejection, in August and 245 in September 772 rejections. These are thirty times more rejections in the period of four months, as the West Swiss Television RTS show reported.
Deal with Italy?
In summer, number of Eritreans who traveled from Italy to Switzerland, greatly increased, said SEM spokeswoman Céline Kohlprath. Therefore Italy must also take care of their asylum applications – which is part of the Dublin Convention.
This agreement provides that the countries have two months to provide an answer. "If the period expires without a response, we assume a tacit confirmation from" Kohlprath said on request of the news agency SDA.
There was no "deal" with Italy, so Switzerland accommodating asylum seekers started rejecting, Kohlprath said.
For several months, the majority of asylum applications in Switzerland came from people from Eritrea. In August, Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga had pointed out that it would not be acceptable to send asylum seekers back to their East African homeland. The UN appealed to the receiving countries not to return Eritreans, because it will come to massive human rights violations in the country. (SDA)
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