Undocumented migrants often avoid going to the hospital, to the administration counters or to registering at the library, for fear of having to disclose their identity and thus risk being expelled from the territory. “Legally, nothing prevents undocumented migrants from enjoying basic services, but in practice, access is not guaranteed to them since, often, you have to prove your identity first”, deplores Nicanor Haon, member of the Popular Workers’ Party (POP) of La Chaux-de-Fonds.
He is the inspiration behind the motion “For the development of an integration tool through a citizen card”, which is due to be debated in the General (Legislative) Council on February 18. Objective: to create a kind of identity card “intended primarily for undocumented migrants and people in a delicate administrative situation”, but which would be used by all the inhabitants of the municipality to avoid any stigmatization. According to POP estimates, between 75 and 200 people without a residence permit live in La Chaux-de-Fonds.