Do you reside and work in Switzerland without a residence permit?

If so, then you’re not alone! Between 90,000 to 250,000 people share a similar situation 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, are active in the restaurant 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!

Sans-Papiers – You have rights!

Unia offers the brochure  «nobody can be illegal» (pdf) with 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 (see addresses on back of brochure).