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Tripling of irregular migration

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Confederation registers over 52,000 cases of irregular migration in 2022

The number of illegal stays in Switzerland almost tripled in the past year. The Federal Office of Customs and Border Security (BAZG) registered over 52,000 cases between January and December 2022 – around 33,000 more than in the previous year.

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In the past year, border guards apprehended more than 52,000 people who had entered Switzerland irregularly. (archive image)

The main reason for this is the increased number of Afghan and Moroccan migrants, writes the BAZG in a statement on Thursday. Many of them entered Switzerland irregularly from Austria or Italy. Of the nearly 6,000 people apprehended in December alone, 852 were handed over to foreign authorities.

The suspected cases of smuggling remained similarly high in 2022 compared to the previous year, 476 suspected smugglers were stopped, as can be seen from the figures from the BAZG.

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