Sense of discomfort

The figures below show the characteristics of "others" which are likely to make the population feel uncomfortable. They provide information about the situations in which these differences are considered to be the most problematic.

Almost 7% of the population said they felt uncomfortable in everyday life about a person whose skin colour or nationality was different. Next come religion (10%) and language (12%). 21% of the population feels uncomfortable in everyday life about the presence of people with an itinerant way of life.

Open question: What group in particular makes you feel incomfortable?

The group mentioned most often is "travellers" or people living in caravans. The second group is made up of people who are not considered to be integrated or do not wish to integrate in Switzerland. The third group is quite disparate but has in common public nuisance: people roaming the streets, clans, those who are noisy or drop litter are seen as a disturbance. Echoing cultural disparities, people who do not respect the country’s rules, do not speak a national language or are simply from a different culture are also mentioned. The unemployed and those on social assistance are also sources of discomfort in everyday life.

The strength of the feeling of discomfort can vary according to the context (in everyday life, at work or in the neighbourhood) and the degree of contact between individuals.

34% of the population said they might feel uncomfortable, regardless of the situation and the cause. Coexistence with people of a different skin colour, religion, language or nationality makes 18% of people feel uneasy in their neighbourhood and 19% when it comes to their everyday life. People are significantly more likely to feel uncomfortable about cultural, ethnic or linguistic diversity at work than in other situations - 25% report discomfort.

Further information




Federal Statistical Office Section Demography and Migration
Espace de l'Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuchâtel



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