Switzerland: 94.9 per cent of asylum seekers in the city of Basel are on benefits A report from Switzerland’s SRF news, says that a very large number of refugees and asylum seekers in the country received benefits in 2016. Officially, 25,544 refugees and 55,504 asylum seekers are on benefits or receive “social assistance”. They make up 35 per cent of all welfare recipients in the country, according to the report. On average 85.8 per cent of refugees and 88.4 per cent of asylum seekers received benefits last year. The study says that the high percentage can be explained by insufficient language skills, invalid qualifications, or weak health. The highest proportions of the groups on benefits were registered in Switzerland’s urban areas. In the country’s third largest town Basel, 94.9 per cent of asylum seekers received social benefits. Switzerland: 94.9 per cent of asylum seekers in the city of Basel are on benefits Puts an end to the myth that they come here to work! Shame we dont see Europe wide statistics, I have no re3ason to doubt the figures would be any different in Ireland or Europe.