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Arth: New Asylum Center on a Former Campsite

  • By The Swiss Times
  • 10 January 2024

Arth SZ Embraces Change with Planned Asylum Center on Former Campsite

Arth: New Asylum Center on a  Former Campsite

Arth SZ: A New Chapter in Asylum Accommodation

In a groundbreaking move, the federal government has unveiled plans for a new asylum center in Arth SZ, set to house up to 170 people. This initiative, resulting from a collaboration between the federal government, the canton, and the municipality, signifies a major shift in the region’s approach to handling asylum cases.

Arth Campsite to Asylum Center

The transformation of the Buosingen campsite into an asylum center is a project expected to span at least six years. This development comes after the original owners ceased operations, paving the way for the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) to repurpose the site.

A Shift in Plans: Buosingen Replaces Wintersried

Initially, the SEM had eyed Wintersried in the municipality of Schwyz for a 340-place federal asylum center. However, due to strong local opposition, this plan was shelved in favor of the Buosingen site.

Ensuring Community Involvement and Transparency

The sectoral plan procedure allows federal offices, the canton, the municipality, and local residents to provide input on the new site. This process includes a public consultation in Arth, ensuring the community’s rights to participation and appeal are upheld.

Addressing the Regional Asylum Seeker Quota

The Central Switzerland/Ticino asylum region is tasked with providing 340 places for asylum seekers turned away. With the Buosingen center offering 170 places, the search for a second location in another Central Switzerland canton is underway.

Local Impact and Compensation Measures

The federal government will manage the new center, resulting in fewer refugees being allocated to the municipality of Goldau and the canton of Schwyz. In years with average asylum numbers, Arth will see a minimal increase in asylum seeker intake.

Quick Takeaways

  • The new asylum center in Arth SZ will accommodate up to 170 individuals.
  • The project’s duration is estimated at six years, transforming the former Buosingen campsite.
  • Arth’s asylum seeker intake will be significantly reduced in average years due to this development.

For more about the history of Swiss refugee treatment.

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