Switzerland Pro Bono Directory

Click here to see the numbers and origins of refugees hosted by Switzerland. 

As UNHCR statistics generally rely on data from host countries, statistics on refugees alone can give an insufficient account of refugee numbers, as some host countries will not grant refugee status to certain groups. Including statistics for individuals in refugee-like situations is an attempt to account for unrecognised refugees and does not include internally displaced persons. Statistics for stateless refugees are included if available.

w2eu.info  – Welcome to Europe

This hyperlink – w2eu.info  – leads to an independent source of information for refugees coming to Europe. w2eu.info might be useful on their journey to and through Europe by giving access to counseling and useful contacts in different European countries.

Advocates Abroad

Email: cases@advocatesabroad.org

Advocates Abroad is a non-profit organization of field based and remote volunteer attorneys, interpreters, asylum experts providing essential and free legal aid to refugees and asylum seekers without discrimination or compensation. Advocates field attorneys operate throughout Greece, Turkey, and Switzerland – and now Italy. These Advocates attorneys on the ground in Northern Italy are a new and critical addition to European operations. Remote Advocate attorneys are widely diverse in background and placement – these attorneys are qualified in, and based out of, states around the world: the United States, Europe, Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, and Palestine. Remote attorneys have even provided in person aid to a refugee in need, where geography permitted.


Email: info@asylex.ch

AsyLex is a free online legal aid on Swiss asylum law. They provide help and support by assisting you step by step in your asylum procedure. They provde the tools to prepare you for your asylum interview – this includes handouts and templates. Do not hesitate to contact them on Facebook, by email or by using the contact form on their website. 

International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC)

www.icmc.net ​​
1, rue de Varembé, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: +41 (0)2 29 19 10 62
Email: info@icmc.net

ICMC was created in 1951, with a mission to serve the needs of uprooted people: refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants. ICMC is engaged in protection and advocacy for durable solutions for uprooted people. Specific interventions include refugee resettlement; emergency care for the extremely vulnerable (including female-headed households and GBV survivors) and trauma recovery; conflict transformation, community development and economic activity for reintegration of displaced persons; as well as capacity building for local NGOs and government. ICMC has managed projects in nearly 45 countries. Currently, ICMC works in 11 countries directly, and through its network of members in 85.

Swiss Refugee Council

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Weyermannsstrasse 10, PO Box 8154, 3001 Bern, Switzerland
Tel: +41 (0)3 13 70 75 75
Fax: +41 (0)3 13 70 75 00
Email: info@fluechtlingshilfe.ch

The Swiss Refugee Council OSAR is a non-governmental, politically and religiously independent organization. It is the umbrella organisation of Swiss NGOs supporting asylum seekers and refugees. OSAR also organises training courses for lawyers and for the professional staff of legal advice centers.

See website for contact information regarding legal queries. OSAR will answer queries directly or direct you to the relevant NGOs or authorities but OSAR does not handle individual cases of asylum seekers.