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Swiss migration authorities want to check Facebook accounts

National News // June 4, 2018

Federal authorities want to be able access Facebook accounts of asylum seekers to find out more about them.

pixabay Swiss migration authorities want to check Facebook accounts

A spokesman for the State Secretariat for Migration says being able to check social media accounts will give authorities a better idea of a claimant’s background.

The process has already been backed by the courts. In one case a Nigerian national was refused asylum as his Facebook account revealed he was actually living in Spain where he was running a business.

He appealed the decision, saying the social media check was invalid and illegal. The Federal Administrative Court disagreed.

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