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  Swiss Referendum - Reform of Asylum Laws?
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Parents > Switzerland > Referenda > 2016 Referenda > (06/2016) Asylum Laws Reform
OfficeReferendum
Type Referendum
Filing Deadline 00, 0000 - 12:00pm Central
Polls Open June 05, 2016 - 12:00am Central
Polls Close June 05, 2016 - 06:00am Central
Term Start June 06, 2016 - 12:00am
Term End June 06, 9999 - 12:00am
ContributorIndyGeorgia
Last ModifiedIndyGeorgia November 27, 2016 12:44pm
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Amendment to the Asylum Act (AsylA)

Key points in brief
Long asylum procedures are arduous and costly. They are a burden on the cantons and communes and, in many cases, asylum seekers are left in a state of uncertainty for years. This is unsatisfactory for everyone involved. The amendment to the Asylum Act thus aims at speeding up asylum procedures.

Procedure in federal accommodation
An efficient, systematic and fair asylum policy requires asylum applications to be processed rapidly. The Confederation has drafted a bill to speed up these procedures in coordination with the cantons, the Swiss Union of Cities and the Association of Swiss Communes. The bill proposes that the majority of asylum procedures should be completed in federal asylum centres within 140 days.

Clear approval in 2013
In principle, Swiss voters already clearly approved introducing faster asylum procedures in June 2013. Furthermore, they stated that accelerated procedures should be evaluated in a test phase. This test phase has been completed in a pilot project in Zurich, and the results are positive – evaluations by independent experts show that applications are processed much faster, while the complaint rate has remained low.

Referendum
A referendum has been launched opposing accelerated asylum procedures. Opponents criticise in particular the free legal aid that is provided to asylum seekers and the simplified approval procedures for establishing federal asylum centres.

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Certified Votes 1,616,286 (66.78%) 804,016 (33.22%)  
Margin0 (0.00%) -812,270 (-33.56%)  
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