Application and intention

Naturalisation applications

87% of the permanent resident population of foreign or stateless persons aged 15 to 74 and holding a B or C permit have not applied for naturalisation to obtain Swiss nationality. In contrast, 12% have applied for naturalisation. This low rate is probably because many of these people do not meet all the requirements for obtaining Swiss nationality (e.g. length of residence).

Intention of requesting naturalisation

54% of the permanent resident population of foreign or stateless persons aged 15 to 74 and holding a B or C permit who have not made a naturalisation application to obtain Swiss nationality intend to do so. 35% of them have no intention of doing so.

Reasons for wishing to obtain Swiss nationality

The table below lists the reasons for wishing to obtain Swiss nationality mentioned by the population that have not applied for naturalisation to obtain Swiss nationality but who intend to do so.

Reasons for wishing to obtain Swiss nationality, 2014
  %
Well established, well integrated 35.7
Security in the future 20.3
Likes Switzerland 14.0
Partner, close family members are Swiss 7.1
Obtain the right to vote 6.5
Access to jobs, access to education 3.9
Facilitate administrative procedures 2.9
Other reasons 6.2
Source: FSO - SLFS, migration module

The reason mentioned most often is the fact of being well established and integrated in Switzerland. Among the other reasons mentioned, no particular one stands out significantly.

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