Sense of threat

The figures below show to what extent the population feels threatened by groups perceived as being "foreign", and in which context this feeling is strongest.

Sense of threat relatively low

The proportion of the population that feels threatened is relatively low, regardless as to whether the threat is perceived to come from foreign nationals (9%) or Swiss nationals (4%).

More coming from the 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.

The menace is felt to be great in the event of political conflict. In that kind of event 60% feel threatened by foreigners. Along with the political conflicts, the greatest sources of tensions are fears that foreign nationals threaten Swiss culture and traditions (50%) and that they claim special rights (62%).

Results broken down by nationality

In general

Persons of Swiss nationality or without a migration background feel more threatened by non-nationals than persons of foreign nationality or with a migration background do (11-13% compared with 4%). Conversely, persons of foreign nationality or with a migration background do not feel more threatened by nationals than persons of Swiss nationality or without a migration background do (4%).

Political conflict

When nationals carry out their internal conflicts at the expense of non-nationals (e.g. in a federal referendum), Swiss nationals feel more threatened (52%) than foreigners themselves (39%).

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