Switzerland's plan to help Ukrainians return home
The Swiss government, in partnership with local authorities, has revealed a plan to assist Ukrainian refugees in returning home voluntarily
This initiative aims to cancel their temporary protection status (known as S status) two to three years after the conflict began, around 2024 or 2025.
Approximately 70,000 Ukrainians will have the opportunity to return home, with about 80% expected to choose voluntary departure. To incentivize their departure before the protection status expires, financial aid ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 per person will be offered, depending on their departure timing.
Around 20%, or 14,000 Ukrainians, are anticipated to remain in Switzerland. The strategy notes that the longer someone stays in Switzerland, the less likely they are to leave voluntarily. After five years, they can obtain a Swiss permit B, allowing them to reside in the country for an additional five years.
The plan emphasizes the importance of encouraging Ukrainians to leave voluntarily, striking a balance between providing enough time for preparation and not prolonging the stay, which could discourage people from departing.