Naturalisation requests and intentions

Here, citizenship is considered in terms of the naturalisation applications made by foreign nationals and their intentions to request Swiss nationality.

Naturalisation request

In 2021, 88% of the permanent resident population of foreign or stateless persons aged 15 to 74 and holding a B or C permit had not applied for naturalisation to obtain Swiss nationality, while 12% had applied. When interpreting this rate it is important to bear in mind that many of these people do not meet all the requirements for obtaining Swiss nationality, particularly those concerning length of residence.

Intention of requesting naturalisation

64% of the population who had not made a naturalisation application to obtain Swiss nationality intended to do so. 29% had no intention of doing so.

Reasons for wishing to obtain Swiss nationality

Among those who intended to apply for Swiss nationality, the reason most often given was to be well integrated in Switzerland. Security in the future and obtaining the right to vote are the second and third most frequently cited reasons.

Reasons for wishing to obtain Swiss nationality, 2021
 

%

IC

Well integrated in Switzerland

44.4

1.9

Security in the future

17.5

1.5

Obtain the right to vote

12.2

1.3

Partner, close family members are Swiss

9.2

1.1

Facilitate administrative procedures

2.2

0.6

Access to jobs or education and training

1.5

0.5

Other reasons

9.9

1.1

Source: FSO - SLFS, migration module

Tables

Methodologies

Naturalisation request: Proportion of the permanent resident population of foreign or stateless persons aged 15 to 74 and holding a B or C permit who have or have not applied for naturalisation to obtain Swiss nationality.

Status of application: Proportion of the permanent resident population of foreign or stateless persons aged 15 to 74 and holding a B or C permit who have applied for naturalisation to obtain Swiss nationality, by the status of their application.

- Accepted or being processed;
- Rejected by the authorities;
- Withdrawn or deferred;
- Other status.

Intention of requesting naturalisation: Proportion of the permanent resident population of foreign or stateless persons aged 15 to 74 and holding a B or C permit who have applied for naturalisation to obtain Swiss nationality, based on whether they intend to apply or not.

Reasons for wishing to obtain Swiss nationality: Proportion of the permanent resident population of foreign or stateless persons aged 15 to 74 and holding a B or C permit who have not applied for naturalisation to obtain Swiss nationality but who intend to do so, by reason for wishing to obtain Swiss nationality:

- Well integrated in Switzerland;
- Security in the future;
- Obtain the right to vote;
- Partner, close family members are Swiss;
- Facilitate administrative procedures;
- Access to jobs or education and training;
- Other reasons.

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Contact

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CH-2010 Neuch√Ętel
Switzerland

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