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Elisabeth Baume-Schneider visits aid projects for Ukrainian refugees in Poland and Slovakia

Federal Councillor Elisabeth Baume-Schneider visited Poland and Slovakia on 5 and 6 July, two countries that have taken in large numbers of people fleeing the war in neighbouring Ukraine. Switzerland supports projects in these two countries under the Migration Framework Credit of the second Swiss contribution to selected EU Member States. Ms Baume-Schneider was able to see for herself the workings of a number of UNICEF projects that benefit refugee children in particular. She also held bilateral talks with government representatives in both countries.


War in Ukraine: Switzerland grants protection to people fleeing the war

Since the outbreak of the war, people from Ukraine have sought protection from the conflict in Western Europe. Switzerland has shown its solidarity by activating the Protection Status S for the first time. This allows people from Ukraine to be granted protection quickly and without any complex procedures. They obtain residence rights without having to go through the standard asylum process.


Elisabeth Baume-Schneider

The United Federal Assembly elected Elisabeth Baume-Schneider as federal councillor on 7 December 2022. As of 1 January 2023, she is the head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP).

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