The armed conflict in Syria has led to a major humanitarian crisis. Millions of people are fleeing the country. Switzerland is admitting people in need of protection, participating in the European resettlement programme and providing assistance on the ground.
On 4 February 2016, Switzerland took part in the Syria Donors Conference. This year, in light of the immense challenges, Switzerland will commit CHF 50 million towards assisting victims of the Syrian conflict.
Switzerland is providing assistance on the ground by supporting various UN organisation, the ICRC and local NGOs. Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter visiting the Azraq refugee camp, where Switzerland is contributing to a UNICEF project. 19 October 2015 (CamPro / Issa Dahdal)
Azraq refugee camp in Jordan. The camp is situated near the Syrian border and houses 24,000 refugees. Switzerland is supporting a project to improve the supply of drinking water. (Keystone, Muhammed Muheisen)
Help for the 220,000 Syrian refugee children of school age in Jordan. Federal Councillor Burkhalter visiting a school in Amman. Switzerland co-financed the renovation of the school, 19 October 2015. (CamPro / Issa Dahdal)
Switzerland has decided to participate in the EU’s resettlement programme. Simonetta Sommaruga and Didier Burkhalter at the Federal Council press conference, 18 September 2015. (Keystone, Lukas Lehmann)
Since 2013 Switzerland has taken measures to admit people in need of protection. A refugee family from Syria at the asylum centre in Zofingen, 18 December 2014. (KEYSTONE/Urs Flueeler)