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Ukraine Authorities Plan Departure Deadlines and Reintegration Assistance for Refugees

The Swiss Federal Council is planning for the return of refugees from Ukraine, even though an end to the war is not yet in sight. Should the protection status S be lifted, it is the goal of the authorities that as many refugees as possible voluntarily leave Switzerland. On Friday, the Federal Council took note of a provisional concept for the lifting of the status S. At the same time, it assured that the concept is not a prejudice for the lifting of the status S and a safe return to Ukraine is not foreseeable. The Federal Council also wants to coordinate with the EU. If the status S is lifted, the period of time for departure should not be too long or too short, according to the concept. A guideline of six to nine months is mentioned. The willingness of refugees to return depends on the duration of the war, according to the concept. Financial return assistance is envisaged; the concept recommends giving more money to those who leave Switzerland at the beginning of the departure period. For later departures, the amount should be reduced.

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