Press Release (29.11.2013, FDJP)
Temporary visa facilitation for Syrian nationals lifted
Bern. On 4 September 2013, the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) ordered an easing of visa requirements for Syrian nationals with relatives in Switzerland. This measure was aimed at facilitating temporary stay for war-afflicted relatives of Syrians living in Switzerland. As most of the relatives who were in direct need and therefore entitled to facilitated visa requirements have since made use of the measure, the directive was lifted on Friday by the FDJP.
Press Release (25.11.2013, FDJP)
Federal Council recommends rejection of the "Stop mass immigration" Initiative
Bern. The Federal Council recommends the rejection of the "Stop mass immigration” Initiative, which is being put to a popular vote on 9 February 2014. The initiative calls for quotas for all foreign nationals. This would be a reversal of the current proven system of admission and would make it difficult for businesses to recruit the staff they require from abroad. Furthermore, it would jeopardise the bilateral agreements and consequently relations with the European Union.
Press Release (06.11.2013, fedpol)
Switzerland and Kosovo sign police co-operation agreement
Bern. Switzerland and Kosovo are to intensify their cooperation in the fight against cross-border crime. To this end the two countries signed a police cooperation agreement on Wednesday. The agreement allows the countries to exchange information on criminal suspects, to compile joint risk assessments and to form mixed investigation teams.
Press Release (29.10.2013, FDJP)
Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga meets Chinese Minister for Justice Wu Aiying
Bern. Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga, head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP), met the Minister for Justice of the People’s Republic of China, Wu Aiying, on Tuesday in Bern. The visit focussed on co-operation between the two countries in judicial matters and on co-operation within the dialogue on human rights aimed at strengthening democracy and the rule of law.
Press Release (23.10.2013, FDJP)
Federal Council rejects Ecopop Initiative
Bern. The Federal Council has issued a dispatch on the federal popular initiative entitled ‘Stop overpopulation – safeguard our natural environment’. Parliament is requested to put the initiative to the vote among the electorate and cantons, with the recommendation to reject the proposal. Furthermore, no direct counter-proposal to the initiative is made. When it presented its discussion paper on 29 May 2013, the Federal Council was already of the opinion that the objectives and content of the initiative could not be reconciled either with Switzerland’s current immigration policy nor with Swiss practice in international development cooperation.
Speeches (04.10.2013, FDJP)
High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development - Roundtable 3
Renforcement des partenariats et de la coopération dans le domaine des migrations internationales, moyens d’intégrer avec efficacité la question des migrations dans les politiques de développement et promotion de la cohérence à tous les niveaux. Remarques préliminaires de la conseillère fédérale Simonetta Sommaruga.
Speeches (03.10.2013, FDJP)
High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development
New York, 3rd October 2013: Side event "Making the Case for Migration in the Post-2015 Agenda" Statement of Madame Simonetta Sommaruga, Ministre de Justice et Police suisse
Speeches (03.10.2013, FDJP)
High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development
Speech of Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga, New York, 3rd October 2013
Press Release (03.10.2013, FOM)
Sri Lanka provides reason for detention of two former asylum seekers
Bern. The Sri Lankan authorities have accused two failed asylum seekers detained in Sri Lanka of taking part in activities in the service of the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam), initial investigations suggest. The two men had been deported from Switzerland and were immediately taken into custody on their return to Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan authorities have agreed in principle to allow Swiss representatives to visit the two men in custody.
Press Release (19.09.2013, FDJP)
President of the Confederation Ueli Maurer, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter and Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga to attend the 68th UN General Assembly in New York
Bern. President of the Swiss Confederation Ueli Maurer and Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter will represent Switzerland at the high-level week of the 68th United Nations General Assembly in New York, from 23 to 27 September. At the opening of the General Debate, the president of the Confederation will set out the main points of Switzerland’s policy on the United Nations, while Federal Councillor Burkhalter will take part in several conferences dealing with current issues. On 3 and 4 October, Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga will attend the High-Level UN Dialogue on Migration and Development, in New York.