Switzerland wants to support countries heavily affected by migration with 200 million Swiss francs by 2029.
Switzerland wants to support countries heavily affected by migration with 200 million Swiss francs by 2029. In a first phase until 2026, Greece, Cyprus and Italy are to be supported with the framework credit for migration. The Federal Council approved a corresponding agreement with Greece and Cyprus on Friday.
The Federal Council announced on Friday that it should be signed before the end of this year. According to the announcement, the approved amounts are CHF 40 million for Greece, CHF 10 million for Cyprus and CHF 20 million for Italy. The Federal Council writes that talks are currently being held with Italy.
Switzerland supports EU members
According to the notification, the states were selected according to criteria such as the number of asylum applications per inhabitant or the identified structural needs. The selection for the second phase between 2025 and 2029 will take place in 2024.
Through this cooperation, Switzerland wants to support EU member states that are under particular pressure to migrate because they take on “important tasks” in the area of registering and housing migrants.
Fund for quick help
With the framework credit for migration, Switzerland supports the structures of migration management in Europe. According to the notification, Switzerland can contribute knowledge and provide assistance in the areas of asylum procedures, infrastructure, return and reintegration assistance and integration measures.
In addition to the bilateral cooperation programs, the loan also includes a fund for quick help of CHF 25 million. These funds are to be used when crisis situations arise due to unexpected developments in the area of migration.
As part of the cohesion contribution
Switzerland has already made use of this in connection with the war in Ukraine. The State Secretariat for Migration supports an International Organization for Migration (IOM) program that addresses the urgent needs of people fleeing Ukraine in Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
The framework credit for migration is part of the second Swiss contribution to some member states of the European Union (EU). This also includes the cohesion framework credit. In June, Switzerland and the EU signed the basic agreement on the Swiss cohesion contribution. In addition, on August 31, the Federal Council approved the bilateral implementation agreements between Switzerland and eight EU countries.
The agreements form the basis for the cooperation programs as part of the second Swiss contribution to the countries of Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Malta, Poland, Romania, Hungary and Cyprus. Switzerland’s contribution flows into specific programs and projects in the partner countries, for example in the areas of research, vocational training or biodiversity, which must be co-financed by them. According to the Federal Council, Switzerland is thus participating in the reduction of economic and social inequalities in the EU, which serves the stability of the entire continent. (SDA/lui)