The SVP demands tougher measures against delinquent asylum seekers.

Translated by Michael Laudahn:

The SVP demands tougher measures against delinquent asylum seekers. These are to be locked up in detention centres. Toni Brunner [SVP president] rejects criticsm expressed by human-rights activists. 

 

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The SVP demands tougher measures against delinquent asylum seekers. These are to be locked up in detention centres. Toni Brunner [SVP president] rejects criticsm expressed by human-rights activists. 

these are already a fact elsewhere

A ‘light’ detention centre is not sufficient for Brunner: ‘In Switzerland we permit to be walked all over and don’t realise that elsewhere such detention centres are already a fact.’

The SVP wants to lock up delinquent asylum seekers in a national detention centre. About two weeks ahead of the asylum-law debate in the federal parliament, the SVP president made it clear that his party wants to achieve this solution. 

‘The [swiss] federation must establish and finance a central, secure collecting point’, Brunner said in an interview with ‘Zentralschweiz am Sonntag’. This detention centre is supposed to be the destination for those asylum seekers who don’t respect the laws: ‘Starting with drug dealing, via bodily attacks, to burglary.

The SVP president assumes that several hundred persons will have to be accomodated in the camp. In case of emergency, a second camp will be needed. 

The SVP’s proposal will be discussed in parliament probably on 13 june. Then, the asylum law revision is on the agenda. Likewise, the parliament’s national-political commission [Staatspolitische Kommission, SPK] wants to accomodate unruly and delinquent asylum seekers in separate centres.  

A majority of the commission pleaded for a corresponding supplement to the asylum law. The SPK, however, does not want to lock up the asylum seekers, but assign them a radius around the centres. 

No ‘light’ detention centre

Toni Brunner considers this proposal insufficient. ‘Light detention centres’ are not sufficient for the SVP, says he. There must be a fence around the centre: ‘The important thing is that those having lost their chance for asylum in Switzerland no longer can enter and leave at discretion.’

Concerns expressed by human-rights activists are not being shared by Brunner: ‘In Switzerland we permit to be walked all over and don’t realise that elsewhere such detention centres are already a fact.’ Fx Greece disposes of such institutions, and Holland has an asylum procedure in locked centres. 

For the improvement of the asylum system, also justice minister Simonetta Sommaruga [leftist] gets her bearings from Holland, as she said last september: New centres are necessary where procedures can be combined locally and timewise. But these centres are not detention centres, emphasised the justice minister at that time. 

EKR president contradicts Brunner

Also Martine Brunschwig Graf, president of the Eidgenössische Kommission gegen Rassismus (EKR) [federal commission against racism – would you have believed such a thing exists in Switzerland!?] rejects detention centres for asylum seekers. ‘A detention centre won’t lead to anything’, told the Geneva ex-MP (FDP [centrist party]) the NZZ am Sonntag during an interview. According to her it is much more important to accelerate the asylum procedure and swiftly return to their home countries those asylum seekers rejected. 

Brunschwig Graf refuses also the proposal to generally give asylum seekers only emergency aid [nothilfe], instead of social welfare [nothilfe: financial and material aid for rejected asylum seekers, who are not eligible for social welfare]: ‘This would be counter-productive: Through social welfare, also job programmes are implemented, in a way that asyum seekers are being occupied.’

Last week, the Bundesamt [federal office] für Migration had publised a short expertise assessing general emergency aid for asylum seekers as legally justifiable. In the framework of the asylum law debate, parliament will also decide on the FDP proposal. An SPK majority refuses it. 

Controversial emergency aid

For SVP president Brunner, the abolition of social welfare for asylum seekers is necessary in order to make Switzerland as unattractive as possible as an asylum destination, as he said. ‘Emergency aid sounds worse than it is’, he countered criticism expressed by Brunschwig Graf and the left wing.

Next to the abolition of social welfare for asylum seekers, the SVP will also go in for additional tightenings in the asylum system. Part of this will be the limitation of the ‘refugee’ term. 

‘Not only need we be tougher all over the place. We also need to limit appeal options, create more incentives to shorten the asylum procedure, and finally enforce the law already in existence’, demanded Brunner.

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