Reintegration im Herkunftsland

Our association

What are the conditions?

The association encourages the reintegration of persons living in Switzerland without a permanent residence authorisation and who wish to return voluntarily to their country of origin.

It was founded in 2009 on the initiative of Jean-Daniel Gerber, Walter Schmid, Peter Arbenz and Rolf Widmer.

The association is bound to the Swiss Foundation of the ISS which has offices in Zurich and Geneva (, and who accompanies and supervises the projects. The association attaches great importance that the procedure is quick and administratively as simple as possible.


The Committee

Jean-Daniel Gerber
President, former Head of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), former director of the Federal Office for Refugees
Peter Arbenz
Vice-President, Former delegate to the refugees and the first director of the Federal Office for Refugees
Eduard Gnesa
Eduard Gnesa, Dr. iur Special Ambassador for international Cooperation in Migration
Walter Schmid
Rector of the Social Work department of Lucerne University of Applied Siences and Arts, former responsible of the Office of Social Services of the City of Zurich and of the Swiss Organisation for Aid to Refugees
Ruth Züblin
Consultant, former Vice-President of the Corporate Communications & Philantropy, Swiss Government Relations at JTI, former communications and marketing Manager at the Zurich Opera, Head Corporate Communications Crossair SA and Swiss International Air Lines SA
Rolf Widmer
Secretary, President of the Swiss Foundation of the International Social Service (ISS), former coordinator of asylum for the canton of Zurich

A successful collaboration