Switzerland: Illegal Migration Triples, Asylum Claims Soar

The number of illegal aliens entering Switzerland is soaring, along with asylum requests, according to authorities.

More than 52,000 'irregular migrants' were caught in the Alpine nation in 2022, up from 18,859 in 2021 and 11,043 in 2020, the Swiss Federal Office of Customs and Border Security reports.

A large number of illegal entries occur on the eastern frontier, as a steady stream of migrants make their way into Austria via the Balkan Peninsula.

The southern canton of Ticino is also seeing increased migrant traffic coming from Italy.

Nearly 6,000 illegal migrants were apprehended in December, many of whom originated in Afghanistan and Morocco, authorities say.

Many migrants caught in Switzerland are passing through on their way to more friendly countries, such as France or Germany.

Swiss authorities have reportedly ramped up rail patrols in an effort to catch migrants in transit.

In addition to illegal migration, Switzerland is also seeing a surge of foreigners hoping to obtain refugee protections.

Approximately 24,500 asylum applications were filed in 2022, a 64% jump from the previous year.

The State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) projects that number could be as high as 40,000 in 2023.

"The main reasons for the increase were the increased migration via the Balkan route and the lifting of the Covid-related travel restrictions. The SEM also expects an above-average number of new asylum applications in 202," SEM explained in a new report.

"In the most likely 'medium' scenario, there would be 27,000 (+/-3,000) new applications, and in the 'high' scenario, which is almost as likely, 35,000 (+/-5,000) new applications."

Separately, an additional 75,000 asylum claims were submitted in 2022 by people from Ukraine.

The Swiss People's Party (SVP), the strongest faction in the country, recently announced plans for a national referendum that would prescribe drastic measures to be taken should the total population of Switzerland reach 10 million before 2050.

The current population is nearing 9 million.

“The migration figures are hair-raising,” SVP National Councilor Thomas Matter warned last month. “In 2022, Switzerland will have 200,000 more inhabitants, the population of the canton of Basel-City.”

"This is the last moment when we can still change something for Switzerland.”

In mid-2020, Europol predicted a flood of migration from third world countries heavily affected by global lockdowns and economic deceleration.

The FDIC and the IMF will use bail-ins to pay for their debts.

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