There are several specialised groups and NGOs for legal advice on asylum as well as for undocumented people. The main solidarity groups as well as meeting points and autonomous schools are listed here.
Download the pdf version here: 190227-ch-contacts.pdf
We try to keep this list up to date. However, we cannot guarantee that by the time you read this, all group still exist. Most of them also have a facebook page, where they can be contacted.
There are free legal advisory services in all bigger Swiss cities. Find the complete list here: rbsadr_extern-2.pdf (Last Update in September 2022, by Swiss Refugee Council). Further, you can also contact AsyLex, an independent non-profit organization located in Switzerland providing legal advice to asylum seekers online, by following this link. In the regions Bern, Basel and North-Western Switzerland as well as Zurich, asylum seekers whose request has been rejected and whose legal representative isn’t willing to make an appeal, can have juridical support by the independent project Pikett Asyl by filling in their form and scanning the relevant documents.
Advisory centres for undocumented persons in Aargau/Solothurn, Basel, Bern, Biel, Fribourg, Genève, Valais, Vaud/La Côte, Vaud/Lausanne, Luzern, Ticino, St. Gallen and Zürich: www.sans-papiers.ch
Solidarité sans frontières
Swiss-wide political organisation on migrant, refugee and human rights with several local NGOs and groups as members throughout all Switzerland. Please consult their «who-is-who» to find more contacts.
Neuengasse 8, 3011 Bern
+41 31 311 07 70
An Independant human rights group specialized on discrimination, racist attacks, detention and police harassment.
Zurich: +41 44 241 11 77, firstname.lastname@example.org
Berne: Quartiergasse 17, 3013 Bern, +41 31 332 02 35 (Thursday 19.30 - 21.00), email@example.com
Basel: P.O.Box, 4005 Basel, +41 61 681 55 22, firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of the syndicate Unia can get an insurance on private rights (recommended for undocumented people who need lawyers). Please contact the regional staff personally before you get a membership here.
Weltpoststrasse 20, 3015 Bern
+41 31 350 21 11
Swiss Refugee Council
Umbrella organisation of all refugee relief organisations. SRC coordinates the official advisory centers for asylum seekers in every canton (region) of Switzerland (see link at the top of this page).
Weyermannsstrasse 10, 3008 Bern
+41 31 370 75 75
https://www.refugeecouncil.ch/The Swiss Refugee Council also offers free legal advice Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.: +41 31 370 75 99 as well as via contact form.
Central & Northern Switzerland
Netzwerk Asyl Aargau
An Association of engaged people in collaboration with different projects. Within different meetings points in the whole region, self-organized language classes and support for undocumented people, asylum seekers and refugees.
Advisory center for Asylum and Integration, which offers free legal advice on Monday and Thursday from 2pm to 4pm
Florastrasse 12, 4057 Basel
+41 61 691 11 33
A meeting place where the goal is to help that you can help yourself. Beside different workshops and events they offer language lessons and free legal advice for social care rights. Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday (only women) and Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 5 pm.
Klybeckstrasse 60, 4057 Basel
Le Pont - Paroisse française
Meeting point for french speaking migrants. Every second Thursday from 2-4pm.
Predigergasse 3, 3011 Berne
+41 31 312 39 36
Advisory center for undocumented people and asylum-seekers for free. Tuesday 2-5pm, Thursday 9-11.30am or by arrangement.
Bümplizstrasse 23, 3027 Bern
+41 31 991 39 29
Meeting Point and Lunch at the St. Marien Church
Every Thursday from 11 am, there is a Lunch for asylum seekers on Urgent Help and undocumented people at the St. Marien Church where you can also get first information on asylum and migration rights.
Kirchgemeindehaus St. Marien, Wylerstrasse 26, 3011 Bern
Ambulatorium für Folter- und Kriegsopfer SRK
Medical help for undocumented people for free.
Freiburgstrasse 257, 3018 Bern-Bümpliz
+41 31 960 77 77
isa – Informationsstelle für Ausländerinnen- und Ausländerfragen
Informationcentre of the City of Bern for all questions concerning foreigners’ law.
Speichergasse 29, 3011 Bern
+41 31 310 12 72
Kirchliche Anlaufstelle Zwangsmassnahmen Kanton Bern
If you are in prison, they can help you to find legal aid and can come and visit you.
Postfach, 3001 Bern
+41 31 332 00 50
Visits to people in detention
+41 79 911 22 22
Autonome Schule Zürich
Self-organized, collectively run school and meeting point.Sihlquai 125, 8005 Zürich
FIZ - Fraueninformationszentrum
Advisory center for and social attendance of women, especiallysurvivors of trafficking, undocumented or with precarious status or situation. Badenerstr. 682, 8048 Zürich
+41 44 436 90 00
Medical help for undocumented people for free.
SRK Kanton Zürich, Kronenstrasse 10, 8006 Zürich
+41 44 360 28 72
Political movement for the rights of migrants, especially undocumented people and asylum seekers, with different activities (language courses, meeting points, visits in detention centers e.a.) and regional groups also in Adliswil, Regensdorf, Urdorf, Uster and Uster, Bülach, Dietikon, Egg, Glattbrugg, Fällanden, Nürensdorf, Pfäffikon, Seuzach and Winterthur.
Dienerstrasse 59, 8004 Zürich
+41 76 527 61 93
Depending on the local situation, the political movement acts in support of asylum-seekers and undocumented people (legal advice, language courses etc). Local groups are based in Appenzell, Grison, Canton of St.Gallen, Rheintal, City of St. Gallen, Toggenburg, Linth-region, Will, Thurgau, Frauenfeld and Romanshorn. Fidesstrasse 1, 9000 St.Gallen
+41 71 220 17 45
Verein Miteinander Valzeina
Solidarity and support group for undocumented people, asylum seekers and refugees
Valzeinastrasse 40, 7213 Valzeina
Centres sociaux protestants
Legal advice, integration courses and several other services for undocumented people, asylum seekers and migrants in different French speaking cantons.
Meeting-points and presence in the airport and the detention centers of Frambois and Favra. Chemin de Poussy 1, Bâtiment A, 1214 Vernier-Genève
+41 22 930 00 89 (central/ Tattes) / +41 77 491 68 76 (reception centers) / +41 79 271 00 65 (airport, Frambois and Favra)
email@example.com (central) / firstname.lastname@example.org (Tattes) / email@example.com (reception centers) / firstname.lastname@example.org
CCSI - Collectif de soutien aux sans-papiers Genève
Legal advice, integration courses and several other services for undocumented people, asylum seekers and migrants.
Route des Acacias 25, 1227 Genève
+41 22 304 48 60
Centre La Roseraie
Meeting point, legal advice, integration courses and several other services for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.
Rue de la Maladière 2, 1205 Genève
Tram 12: Arrêt Blanche
+41 22 552 02 64
Legal service for asylum-seekers
Counselling: Monday and Wednesdays from 14h to 17h.
c/o Agora, Foyer des Tattes, Bâtiment A, Chemin de Poussy 1, 1214 Vernier
+41 22 733 37 57
For asking asylum at the airport: +41 22 733 82 62
Droit de Rester Lausanne
The group ‘Droit de Rester’ (Right to Stay) holds counselling sessions every Monday from 18h30 to 19h30 at the ‘Maison de Quartier sous gare, Avenue Édouard Dapples 50, 1006 Lausanne.
Every first Monday of the month there is a general assembly which is open to everyone.
+41 76 426 06 22
Political movement agains (Dublin-) deportations. They used to have squatted a church in Boulvard de Grancy 19 in Lausanne to protect rejected asylum-seekers in danger of deportation. They continue to fight against Dublin deportations.
+41 76 563 19 14 / +41 76 426 06 22
Centre Social Protestant (CSP) Vaud
Legal and social help for sans-papiers
Counselling for sans-papiers: every Friday from 9h to 12h
Counselling for social issues (open to all) : every Tuesday and Thursday from 18h to 20h
The CSP also hosts bimonthly drop in sessions in Clarens, Renens, Payerne and Orbe (exact dates on their website).
Place Arlaud 2, 1003 Lausanne
+41 21 560 60 60
Collectif vaudois de soutien aux sans-papiers (CVSSP)
Counselling every Wednesday from 18
Emergency phone: +41 76 432 62 67
Salle de la Fraternité, Place Arlaud 2, 1003 Lausanne
Collectif de soutien et de défense des “sans-papiers” de la Côte
Legal and political support for « sans-papiers » in Nyon and the region
Counselling: first and third Wednesday of every month from 17h to 19h
Esp’Asse, Route de l’Étraz 20, 1260 Nyon
Droit de rester Fribourg
A counselling session is held every second Wednesday of the month. Every fourth Wednesday of the month there is a political meeting.
Both take place at 18h30 at ‘LivrEchange’
Avenue du Midi 3, 1700 Fribourg
Droit de Rester Neuchâtel
Information and support for of migrants in the Canton of Neuchâtel. Weekly advisories counselling every Tuesday at rue de l’Evole 37 à Neuchâtel. French lessons are also organized.
+41 76 616 10 85
Mouvement Jurassien de soutien aux Sans-Papiers et Migrants
Legal and political support for sans-papiers, asylum seekers and refugees in Jura
Movimento dei senza voce