Asylum policy: Kosovo repatriation assistance programme

Key facts

During the conflict in the province of Kosovo, Switzerland accepted approximately 52,000 war victims in 1998 and 1999. On 11 August 1999, the Federal Council decided that the repatriation of those people temporarily accepted by Switzerland was reasonable. It authorised the Federal Department of Justice and Police and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs to implement an extensively structured programme for voluntary repatriation.