Find out more on young migrants

Existing projects and initiatives

In 2016, the ISS met the cantonal institutions in charge of unaccompanied migrant children and adolescents to promote the sponsorship project « Another Place at the Table ». In the cantons where the projet or similar initiatives have come into being, the ISS offers support and collaboration to organisations already present in the field. In other cantons, the ISS is involved in the establishment and the coordination of the projet, as well as actively searching for local partners woh will carry the project forward.
Below is the list of the different projets and sponsorship initiatives in the cantons.

Unaccompanied minors’ situation in Switzerland

Since summer 2015, the number of unaccompanied minors who apply for asylum and ask for protection in Switzerland has tripled. Among them, lots of these youngers will stay years, maybe forever. These youngsters need protection, respect of their rights, appropriate care and durable solutions for their future.

Speak Out!

Speak Out! is a social and political project for Unaccompanied minors in Switzerland that aims to engage these teenagers in a participatory way and give them a voice. They created a charter in which they stated their needs and wishes regarding their situation in Switzerland.

ISS activities for and with the unaccompanied minors

Since several years, ISS works on the subject of the Unaccompanied minors so that these children and teenagers can grow up safely and build their prospects, in Switzerland, in their country of origin or in a third country. Respecting the rights of the child, ISS provides specialized services and projects addressed to youth in various fields. An example of activity leading by ISS for and with unaccompanied minors. 


The State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) publishes monthly statistics on asylum in Switzerland. You will find the current figures, archival documents and specific statistics on unaccompanied minors.