Include in your will a gift to Switzerland for UNHCR

In the years to come, a gift included in your will can give people who have been forcibly displaced by conflict and persecution the protection, shelter, support and essential items they need to survive, during a time when they feel they’ve lost everything and don’t know where to go or who to turn to.

Learn how your legacy can help UNHCR teams respond to the needs of refugee families:

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Why include a humanitarian organisation in your will? 

Including those who need your support, alongside your loved ones, in your will shows great kindness and solidarity that will positively impact the world long after you are gone.

In the absence of a legal heir or a will, your estate will go to the state. Writing a will, at any age, and whatever your status, is not only the sensible thing to do: it also provides you with the freedom to decide what happens to your assets.


By including Switzerland for UNHCR in your will, you can continue protecting those who need it most for the years to come. Every minute, more than 20 people around the world are forced to flee their homes. More than 110 million refugees and displaced people have lost everything and need support.

What can you leave refugees? 

You are free to distribute your estate as you see fit, subject to mandatory legal provisions applicable to the reserved portion for your legal heirs and legal partner. Just as you would during your lifetime, you can donate as much of the disposable part as you wish, and are able to, which can range from 50 to 100% of your estate. You do not need to have a large estate to do so; any contribution is valuable and will impact the life of refugees in the most beneficial way.

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