Govt wants more Ukrainians working


The cantons are stepping up effort to integrate Ukrainian refugees into the workforce.

So far 1,500 permits have been issued – but more are being given out every day. 

But ministers are meeting with the cantons to explore ways to accelerate that number. 

There are 57,000 Ukrainians sheltering in Switzerland. Not every refugee wants to work, as they would prefer to return home as soon as they can – and many more are children – or mothers with young children, making taking a job more difficult.

Those that are now working have found jobs in the IT sector, hospitality or education. 

The government is providing language courses worth CHF 3,000. 

The Justice Minister, Karin Keller-Sutter, says working is the best way to integrate – as well as making money and feeling that they’re contributing. 

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