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Refugee Class

Please note that the deadline to file a Refugee Class claim has expired.
For the most recent distribution data concerning the Refugee Class, please click here.

Under the terms of the Settlement Agreement, the Refugee Class consists of those individuals who were denied entry into or expelled from Switzerland, or admitted into Switzerland but abused or mistreated. For more information on the Refugee Class, please read Annex J of the Distribution Plan.
The Distribution Plan recommended by the Special Master and adopted by the Court authorized the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany ("Claims Conference") to process the claims of Jewish claimants, and the International Organization for Migration ("IOM") to process the claims of Roma, Jehovah’s Witness, homosexual and disabled claimants. Class members who indicated a possible refugee claim on their Initial Questionnaire were sent refugee program applications either by the Claims Conference or the IOM. As with the other classes, applications also were made available over the Internet and at Holocaust survivor help centers around the world.
Surviving refugees (or the heirs of refugees who died on or after February 16, 1999) originally were to receive $2,500 if they were denied entry into or expelled from Switzerland, while those admitted but mistreated were to receive $500. Those payments subsequently were increased, respectively, to $3,625 and $725. Class members were awarded $4,350 if they were both expelled/denied entry, and admitted but mistreated.
Claims were processed by the Claims Conference and the IOM on an individualized basis and submitted to Special Master Judah Gribetz and Deputy Special Master Shari C. Reig for review, and then to the Court. Upon the Court’s approval of the submissions and its issuance of orders authorizing payment, the recommendations were docketed for public access. Redacted case summaries were included with the submissions. Claimants were identified by case number but not by name. These case summaries are made available below. They are organized in the same manner as in the respective Claims Conference and IOM submissions.

Jewish Claimants - Refugee Class
  • Case summaries prepared by the Claims Conference and docketed with the Court, relating to the Jewish survivors who were denied entry into or expelled from Switzerland, or admitted but mistreated, can be accessed here.


Roma Claimants - Refugee Class
  • Case summaries prepared by the IOM and docketed with the Court, relating to Roma survivors who were denied entry into or expelled from Switzerland, or admitted but mistreated, can be accessed here.


Jehovah’s Witness Claimants - Refugee Class
  • Case summaries prepared by the IOM and docketed with the Court, relating to Jehovah’s Witness survivors who were denied entry into or expelled from Switzerland, or admitted but mistreated, can be accessed here.


Homosexual Claimants - Refugee Class
  • Case summaries prepared by the IOM and docketed with the Court, relating to homosexual survivors who were denied entry into or expelled from Switzerland, or admitted but mistreated, can be accessed here.


Disabled Claimants - Refugee Class
  • Case summaries prepared by the IOM and docketed with the Court, relating to disabled survivors who were denied entry into or expelled from Switzerland, or admitted but mistreated, can be accessed here.