Published On: Fri, Jan 15th, 2016

Switzerland joins Denmark in seizing assets from refugees to cover costs

Information sheet given to Syrian refugee shows seizure of assets over a limit of 1, 000 Swiss francs, says Swiss news programme

Swiss-refugee -  Syrian refugees

Refugees arriving in Switzerland have to turn over to the state any assets worth more than 1, 000 Swiss francs (£690) to help pay for their upkeep, broadcaster SRF reported on Thursday, revealing a practice that has drawn sharp rebukes for Denmark.

SRF’s 10 vor 10 news programme showed a receipt a refugee from Syria said he received from authorities when he had to turn over more than half of the cash his family had left after paying traffickers to help them get to the neutral Alpine country.

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