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Federal government restricts social assistance for foreigners

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The high social welfare costs caused by foreigners keep provoking outrage in Switzerland. Including people with an asylum background, a total of 8.8 percent of all third-country nationals depended on the support of social assistance in 2016. For comparison: The social welfare risk of the Swiss totaled 2.3 percent in 2016.

The Federal Council now wants to restrict access to the social assistance safety net. He wants to implement the following measures directly:

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