Experience of discrimination

The figures below indicate how many people feel discriminated against and which groups are most likely to experience negative treatment. Everyday situations in which discriminatory actions or words are experienced are also examined.

Throughout the population, 3% reported experiencing physical violence, 12% mental violence and 28% discrimination in 2020. 32% said that they had been subjected to at least one type of discrimination over the past five years (+4 percentage points compared to 2018).

56% of the victims said they were discriminated against because of their nationality and 35% because of their language or accent. The following grounds of discrimination are then mentioned: gender (27%), political opinion (20%), age (20%), religion (19%), professional position (18%) and distinctive physical appearance (16%). 14% of victims said they had been subject to unfair treatment because of their ethnic origin.

Half (53%) of those who reported having experienced discrimination in the past five years reported that it occurred at work or when looking for work. 34% of victims declared to have been subject to unfair treatment in public spaces and 19% during education. 15% have been victims of discrimination in their leisure time and 12% in the family or when looking for accommodation. With regard to institutions, 12% said they have experienced unfair treatment when dealing with public authorities and 10% in contact with the police.

Racial discrimination

Further information




Federal Statistical Office Section Demography and Migration
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