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Asylum requests surge in Switzerland

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14:43 CEST+02:00

Some 7,150 people sought asylum in Switzerland in the first three months of the year, up 63 percent from a year ago, according to data released Monday by the Federal Migration Office.

Eritreans made the biggest number of requests with 1,151 applications, 336 more than in the previous quarter.

They were followed by Nigerians with 677, up 55 from the previous quarter and Tunisians with 664, 215 fewer than in the last three months of 2011.

Despite ongoing unrest in Syria, asylum applications made by that country's nationals rose by just 20 from the previous quarter to 296 during the first three months of 2012.

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