Sense of threat

The sense of threat people may experience facing foreign nationals refers to the fears of the population and expresses a negative attitude towards them. The threat index captures the existence or absence of this feeling.

The average value of the index measuring the sense of threat with regard to the presence of foreigners in Switzerland is 1.9 in 2022, on a scale from 1 (absence of this feeling) to 4 (existence of this feeling). The fact that the average value of the index is close to 2 over the observation period indicates that the feeling is rather absent than present.

Used to construct the index measuring the sense of threat, the results below show to what extent the population feels threatened by foreign or Swiss nationals and in which context this feeling is particularly strong.

Prevalence: The proportion of the population that feels threatened is relatively low, regardless as to whether the threat is perceived to come from foreign nationals or Swiss nationals.

Foreign nationals: In three situations observed, the proportion of the population that feels threatened by Swiss nationals is lower than the proportion that feels threatened by foreign nationals.

Political conflict: The menace is felt to be great in the event of political conflict. When nationals carry out their internal conflicts at the expense of non-nationals, Swiss nationals feel more threatened than foreigners themselves do.

Nationality and Migration status: The Swiss feel more threatened by non-nationals than the foreigners themselves do. Likewise, persons without a migration background feel more threatened than persons with a migration background do.

Further information



Documentation on survey


Federal Statistical Office Section Demography and Migration
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