From October 1, Switzerland will add Georgia to its list of safe countries, joining the other 14 countries in the EU/Schengen zone to do the same.
The other countries that listed Georgia as a 'safe country' are Bulgaria, France, Lichtenstein, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Iceland, Luxembourg, Ireland, Estonia, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Cyprus and Slovenia.
Putting Georgia on the safe country list is a demonstration of the country’s political stability, economic development and positive environment for human rights protection and safety.
Following this decision, Georgian asylum-seekers’ applications in Switzerland will be examined in an accelerated mode. Those, not applicable will be refused from asalym and sent back home.