Date: Friday, 18 May 2018
Around 1500 Eritreans gathered at the Bundesplatz on Friday. With their rally, they demand that Switzerland must reverse the tightening of asylum practice. The demonstration went peacefully. The policemen had to intervene only when at the end of the rally against 13 clock a short-term traffic chaos was created. The Eritreans traveled with Caren from all over Switzerland.
Organizations and associations submitted a petition with 12,000 signatures, as communicated by the "Citizen Action for a Decent Asylum Policy in Switzerland". However, according to a local reporter, Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga did not appear personally for the handover.
The State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) decided in the summer of 2016 to tighten the practice towards Eritreans. Eritrean nationals are no longer granted asylum solely for illegal exit from the country. For persons who have been exempted or dismissed by the National Service, a return is considered as generally reasonable. The Federal Administrative Court confirmed appropriate asylum decisions.The demonstration went peacefully. Video: Jürg Sporri
The refugee organizations are now demanding that Switzerland revert to the old practice. Since 2016, significantly more asylum applications have been rejected by people from Eritrea - "one of the most brutal dictatorships in the world," as they write.
Dossiers are being reviewed
Furthermore, the organizations criticize that the ruling could have repercussions for Eritreans, which were provisionally included before the change. The federal authorities must regularly review the preliminary recordings by law. The SEM is currently reviewing the dossiers of 3200 provisional people from Eritrea.
It emphasizes that each case will be examined individually. Sufferers can claim individual reasons why a return is unreasonable. In addition, the cantons are able to grant a residence permit to well-integrated people after five years.
Only emergency aid
How many people actually lose the status of provisional admission is open. It is clear that forced evictions to Eritrea are not possible because the state does not accept them. Many are likely to remain in Switzerland, even if they have to leave the country. However, those affected would then only have the right to emergency aid.
The "citizen action" criticizes this. Switzerland prevents social and professional integration, she writes. The signatories to the petition call on the Federal Council and SEM to continue to protect Eritrean refugees from persecution. The situation in the country has not improved, they emphasize.
(SiH / SDA)