Refugees granted parliamentary audience
Around 20 young people who left their home country as political refugees without their parents have gained an audience at the federal parliament.
The unaccompanied minors, who are seeking asylum in Switzerland, met to discuss the government's asylum policies with Mattea Meyer, a 28-year-old parliamentarian with the Social Democratic Party.
Earlier this year, voters backed government plans to speed up asylum procedures in Switzerland.
The young asylum seekers say they wish the “F” permit for provisionally admitted foreigners allowed for more possibilities and rights.
According the youth council, several youths who met with Meyer have waited longer than a year and a half for an asylum decision – making it hard to plan a future.