The European Union, its Member States and Europeans across the continent are mobilised in support of people fleeing the war in Ukraine. We are working on all fronts to support Ukraine with assistance, humanitarian aid and civil protection. This specific initiative wants to support researchers of Ukraine by providing them with an overview of all existing actions at European and national levels.
Find useful information in Switzerland
Switzerland helps people in need of protection who have fled from Ukraine by granting protection status S, the right to stay as a war refugee (further information).
Ukrainians newly arriving in Switzerland should report directly to one of the six federal asylum centres to obtain protection status S. They offer accommodation places for a short period. Registration takes place here, and registered refugees are then assigned to a canton. This canton is responsible for accommodation and other care as well as for the payment of social welfare benefits, if necessary, to cover basic daily needs in Switzerland.
Persons from Ukraine seeking protection can submit their application for protection status S via the online web application RegisterMe. To submit an application, they must have been resident in Ukraine before 24 February 2022 and have already entered Switzerland.
How can Ukrainian protection seekers finance their livelihood in Switzerland?
The Confederation facilitates social and professional integration in Switzerland. All persons with protection status S receive social assistance from the canton - and they can pursue a job (including self-employment) without a waiting period. Children can go to school.
Together with the cantons, the State Secretariat for Migration SEM will examine the needs of the persons admitted. The cantons are free to provide further integration benefits.
Dedicated Ukraine support pages of the Swiss EURAXESS institutions