Separated children in Switzerland

Exhibition "Unaccompanied Minors in Switzerland ? And then ..."

Each year, 300 to 600 unaccompanied minors arrive in Switzerland . Who are these children and young people who migrate alone ? What is their voice? What are their rights ? At the heart of the current revision of the law on asylum , what is our responsibility as the host country in light of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) ? The " Unaccompanied Minors exhibition in Switzerland ? And then ... " illustrates the worrying situation of these children and adolescents who are outside their country of origin without their parents or their legal representative.

One exhibition , three dimensions: past, present and future

The " Unaccompanied Minors exhibition in Switzerland ? And then ... " gives voice to five young people living at the home for the unaccompanied minors RADOS in Sion. It highlights the reasons for their departure, their travel to Europe, how it is to live in Switzerland and what are their hopes and dreams for the future.

The exhibition aims to raise professionals and public’s awareness about the challenges and needs of these young people in order to ensure adequate care : support, training , life project, integration or socio-professional reintegration.

An itinerary exhibition in Switzerland

The exhibition runs in six French-speaking cantons from January to June 2014:

  • January 6 to February 6, 2014 : Centre RLC, Sion
  • February 7 to February 21, 2014 : Centre sociocultural Pôle Sud, Lausanne
  • March 5 to March 20, 2014 : Maison de quartier de Plainpalais , Geneva
  • March 24 to April 10, 2014 : Ecole professionnelle artisanale et industrielle , Fribourg
  • May 5 to May 22, 2014 : Espace des Solidarités, Neuchâtel
  • May 23 to June 13, 2014 : Delémont, venue to be defined

The exhibition is free and open to the public.

A commitment to separated children in Switzerland

The Swiss Foundation of the ISS is committed to creating a framework to allow unaccompanied children to grow up safely and develop prospects, either by returning to their country of origin if possible, or finding a sustainable solution in Switzerland or in a third country.