Federal Council Secures CHF 239 Million for Asylum Centers

Federal Council Secures CHF 239 Million for Asylum Centers

Thu, May 30th 2024

The National Council addresses financial support for career returnees and approves CHF 239 million for federal asylum centers.

KEYSTONE/Gaetan Bally

As requested, the Federal Council will receive CHF 239 million for the creation and operation of places in federal asylum centers. The Council of States did not reduce the supplementary credit to CHF 167.3 million, contrary to the responsible committee’s request.

On Thursday, the Council of States followed the minority of its Finance Committee (FK-S) by 26 votes to 17 with two abstentions. Representatives of the red-green party prevailed with support from the FDP and the center group.

The supplementary credit for additional places and their operation has thus been approved by Parliament. The National Council had already approved it on Tuesday, rejecting a minority motion by the SVP and FDP for a reduction of the same amount. The Federal Council is requesting more funds in anticipation of more asylum seekers arriving in the country than initially expected.

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