Asylum seekers drop in Switzerland
The number of people asking for asylum in Switzerland is dropping sharply. According to the latest numbers from the State Secretariat for Migration, 14,000 people requested asylum in Switzerland in the first 9 months of the year, down 30%.
The office says this is due to lower numbers of people trying to cross the Mediterranean since July and the closing of the Balkan land route.
The main nationalities asking for asylum are Eritreans, Syrians, Afghans, Sri Lankans and Somalis.
Switzerland is accepting refugees as part of the EU’s relocation programme and has taken in 1,300 in the last two years.