In 2019, for first time, Switzerland deported persons with Italian mafia links

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Switzerland witnessed its first deportations over links to the Italian mafia in 2019. It also conducted extensive security screenings for nearly 2,000 asylum seekers, according to official figures cited by the Sunday press.

In 2019, Switzerland’s Federal Office of Police(Fedpol) ordered the deportation of four men from Switzerland in order to guarantee the country’s internal and external security, the German-language weekly NZZ am Sonntag reports.

In a first for Switzerland, two of these men were expelled because of their alleged membership in the Italian mafia. The other two were deported on suspicion of terrorism, according to the same source. Since 2016, Fedpol has ordered the expulsion of 23 people under an article of the Federal Act on Foreign Nationals and Integration.

These removal decisions are based on suspicion and require no prior conviction. However, removing the person in question is not always possible.  For example, six people, among them five Iraqis, remain in Switzerland due the principle that no one may be returned to a state in which he or she risks torture or any other cruel and inhuman treatment or punishment.

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