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Nobody can be illegal

Sans-Papiers - You have rights. Do you reside and work in Switzerland without a residence permit? f so, then you’re not alone! At least 100,000 people sharing a similar situation live in Switzerland. They are commonly referred to as «Sans-Papiers» or «illegal immigrants.» Most of them are workers without an official residence permit. In reality, they clean,work as nannies, labour on construction sites, take part in the res- taurant industry or work for farmers.

Even if you live in Switzerland without a residence permit, you have basic rights. Human rights are not connected to a residence status – they apply to everyone!

This text contains useful information for everyday use and clarifies your basic rights. Additional assistance and information can be gained from information centres for Sans- Papiers, solidarity groups, trade unions and lawyers.