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.