Over 8,000 Migrants ‘Disappeared’ Off Swiss Radar in 2016

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Over 8,000 migrants simply disappeared in 2016 after abandoning the asylum procedures without informing Swiss authorities.

Between January and the end of November 2016, a total of 8,166 asylum seekers chose to abandon their refugee applications, Martin Reichlin, a spokesman for the Migration Ministry [SEM] revealed, Al Ahed News reported.

This means the European country has witnessed a 40 percent increase in asylum seekers who dropped off the radar after arriving in the country.

Those who dropped out of the bureaucratic process include people who believed that their application would be rejected or those who wished to join relatives in another European country.

The SEM believes that these missing migrants continued their journey towards Germany.

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