This week, a group of politicians from the Swiss People’s Party (UDC/SVP) announced a new popular initiative aimed at asylum seekers, according to the newspaper 20 Minutes.
The initiative aims to put in place a system of on-the-spot asylum assistance where asylum seekers are housed in secure zones in their home country or nearby. Switzerland would co-fund the programme with other nations.
Applicants would stay in these secure zones until their applications were processed. Successful applicants would then be sent to a host country without being able to chose.
One of the arguments put forward in favour of the scheme by the initiators is the potential to assist a greater number of people.
The main people behind the initiative are UDC/SVP parliamentarians Luzi Stamm, Lukas Reimann, Andrea Geissbühler, Barbara Keller-Inhelder and Therese Schläpfer, along with some members of the public, according to 20 Minutes.