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Support for the establishment of an immigration liaison officer network

By integrating Switzerland into an EU network, this project broadened the sharing of information on irregular migration.

Project dates 01/01/2012 - 31/12/2012
Total budget€440 000
EU contribution50%
Name of the entity managing the projectBundesamt für Migration
FundEBF
CountrySwitzerland

Project Description

Switzerland has a well-established practice of sending migration attachés abroad each year to gather information on migration trends. This project is helping to integrate the Swiss attachés into a network of immigration liaison officers (ILOs), established under a 2004 EU regulation.

The network allows countries to share operational and strategic information, for example on irregular migration flows, routes and modus operandi, risks and forgery methods.

Benefits and results

Switzerland’s integration within the network benefits all countries involved. While Switzerland benefits from access to specific information, other countries receive the reports from the Swiss attachés sent on information collection missions. Ultimately, this helps to protect Europe’s borders.

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