Ukrainians in Switzerland


    Two years ago, the Swiss government activated protection status S for Ukrainian refugees – a first in the Alpine country. Integration into the labour market, however, remains a problem.

    [A] round 66,000 Ukrainians are holders of a status S permit. But the government sees the need to take action: only 20% of working-age Ukrainian refugees currently have a job.

    This is despite the fact that several sectors are desperately looking for labour amid a shortage of skilled workers. Ukrainian refugees often have a high level of education. In November 2023, the Federal Council announced that it wants to double the rate of employment among Ukrainian refugees to 40%.