Return Assistance




The purpose of return assistance is to foster the voluntary and mandatory return of rejected asylum seekers through a system of benefits.

The Federal Office for Migration (FOM) implements these programmes in conjunction with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the competent cantonal agencies and relief organizations.

Any person from the field of asylum may apply to the advisory centres in the cantons, the reception centres and in airport transit for return assistance. Even persons who have been granted refugee status may receive assistance if they would like to return to their home country.

However, return assistance is not granted to convicted offenders or to persons who have misused the asylum system either during or after proceedings.

Certain groups of persons falling in the category "foreign nationals" also have access to return assistance. These groups include victims and witnesses of human trafficking, and cabaret dancers who are being exploited in Switzerland.

With the help of the SDC, the FOM implements as a part measure structural aid programmes in the countries of origin which benefit the local population and the returnees alike. Such programmes include projects to prevent irregular migration (PiM) with the aim of making a short-term contribution to limiting irregular migration.





                                                                                 TO ALL MEMBERS OF STAFF

                                                                                  AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC




          I am directed to inform the Staff and General Public that the Swiss authority has declared

Tuesday 24th and Tuesday 31st December 2019 as have days in preparation for Christmas and New Year.

Therefore, the Embassy will be closed at 12noon on these days. Also Wednesday, 25th and

Thursday 26th December, 2019 and Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd January 2020 has been

declared Public Holidays by the Federal Government of Nigeria in observance of the Christmas, Boxing day

and New Year celebration.

          The Embassy will remain closed on these days and resume normal duties on

Friday, 27th December, 2019 and Friday 3rd January 2020 respectively.      





Embassy of Nigeria 






The Federal Government has declared Monday as Public Holiday to mark the 2019 Eid-ul-Mawlud in commemoration of the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad. Mr Mohammed Manga, Director Press and Public Relations of the Ministry of Interior, announced this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

Therefore, the  Embassy of Nigeria, Bern will not open to the public on 11th November, 2019 - (Click for more Info) >