Young refugees should be able to feel safe and receive the necessary medical and legal care.
Ways out of isolation
Young asylum seekers usually live in shelters and share large dormitories with strangers. They often feel powerless, isolated and lonely, and fearful for their own future. For young mothers with children, these feelings of insecurity and isolation are particularly overwhelming. ExilAktion does everything possible to overcome this isolation and to improve their living conditions. ExilAktion dedicates most of its work to integration and regularly launches different projects for this purpose; examples include:
workingtogether planting vegetables, cooking and eating mealsMeeting points:
informal meetings for discussions and encounters, playroom for children, walks and excursions, free support with German courses (A1, A2 and B1)Workshops:
crafting, drawing, knitting and embroideryinsights
Medical supportWe accompany, comfort and look after the well-being of everyone.
By the time young migrants reach Switzerland, they have often endured disturbing and traumatic experiences, occurring not only in their own home or during their fleeing, but also in the first country they arrive in within the EU (that is responsible for asylum application under the Dublin Regulation). In addition to possible health consequences, these experiences can lead to enormous emotional and psychological stress. Support is provided by putting young migrants in touch with medical specialists, accompanying them to appointments and helping them overcome language barriers.
Legal adviceWe work with a network of lawyers to solve legal issues.
Many of the asylum seekers supported by ExilAktion are minors when they arrive in Switzerland. ExilAktion helps with the process of collecting evidence and works with professionals to ensure that the rights of these young asylum seekers are respected. Recently, many young women, single mothers and young families have arrived. They have suffered physical or psychological violence. ExilAktion does everything possible to support them and works with the relevant authorities.