Some think the Swiss government have not gone far enough
The television series is called “The Missing Step” and cost Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) more than £360,000.
Lukas Rieder, a spokesman for SEM, said: “We have seen that a lack of information or false information is one of the main problems that leads to illegal migration.
We want to provide objective information about the dangers of passage
Lukas Rieder, a spokesman for SEM
"Human traffickers tell potential migrants that Switzerland is paradise, it's Eldorado. But that's not true.
“We want to provide objective information about the dangers of passage, and the dangers of living in Switzerland without a permit, for example.”
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The Swiss Refugee Council is not convinced the government have gone far enough. They added that awareness campaigns like this are not enough on their own.
Previously the SEM has used advertisements in Kosovo and several other African countries to advocate a similar message, ‘Switzerland is not paradise’.
The TV show focus' on the tough life for illegal immigrants
The series has 13 episodes and follows a man arriving in Switzerland from Nigeria who realises life is not as good as he expected.
He is denied asylum by the Swiss authorities, and deported to his own country – poor, isolated and unhappy.
Director Charles Okafor said: “Television globally is a very powerful medium, because it has the capacity to reach a vast mass – a critical mass of people… even hundreds of millions of viewers.”
Asylum is difficult to obtain in Switzerland with figures showing 27,000 applications were received last year, yet less than 1,300 cases were processed.
The character is denied asylum by the Swiss authorities
Denise Graf from Amnesty International said: “Switzerland should work to improve the human rights situation and the allocation of resources in Nigeria. They are fundamental aspects if we want people to have the opportunity to stay in their own country.”
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