The presence of many social groups and a variety of affiliations is a feature of life in Switzerland. More than ten different religious communities are counted in the census and, in addition to the four national languages, no fewer than ten other languages are widely spoken. The population of Switzerland comprises more than 190 different nationalities. Among Swiss passport holders, one person out of eight was born abroad and therefore has experienced migration firsthand.
This diversity is enriching for a society but can also create challenges in terms of our multicultural coexistence. Day-to-day contact with persons who have other customs or ways of life can raise certain issues on how to live together. Questions can arise on the acceptance, rejection and integration of certain groups of the population.