Racism and integration

The figures below provide detailed information about the population’s opinions on the effectiveness of Swiss policy on the fight against racial discrimination and on integration. They give an indication as to who should increase or reduce their investment in the management of the ethnic and social diversity.

The population has quite a favourable opinion of the process of migrant integration in Switzerland, whereas the question of racism is considered to be a serious social problem.

With regard to the integration of migrants, 55% of the population said that this was proceeding well. In contrast, 43% said it was proceeding badly. For more than a third of the population, the subject of racism is not an issue. 59% do, however, see a major social problem.

An assessment of the effectiveness of the measures taken in Switzerland to integrate migrants and to fight against racial discrimination is presented.

With regard to migrant integration, 55% of the population said that the steps taken were in line with needs, 16% think that too much is being done and 26% not enough. With regard to the fight against racism, 59% think that the steps taken are adequate, 7% that too much is done and 31% not enough.

With regard to both migrant integration and the combat against racism, the population has a clear opinion as to who should be in charge of taking the necessary steps.

Of all the people dissatisfied with the situation in terms of the integration of migrants, 45% consider that measures should be taken by the State. 17% think that it is the responsibility of each individual and 12% of associations or NGOs. 11% consider that it is up to the foreigners themselves to make an effort towards integration.

Concerning the fight against racism, 29% said that steps should be taken by the Confederation, the cantons or the communes and 24% by each individual. 19% consider that measures should be taken by the political parties or politicians and 15% by schools or teachers.

Ranking of key players
Rank Overall ranking Migrant integration Fight against racism
Top 5
1 State State State
2 citizens citizens citizens
3 politics associations, NGOs politics
4 schools foreigners schools
5 associations, NGOs politics associations, NGOs
6 foreigners social security media
7 economic circles schools legislative power
8 social security economic circles churches
9 legislative power legislative power foreigners
10 media other players economic circles

For both of these issues, the State remains the institution mentioned most often. Individual responsibility and the role of citizens are the second factor most often mentioned. Although politicians are considered to be key players in the fight against racism, they are considered less important for integration where the role of associations or NGOs comes to the forefront.

Further information




Federal Statistical Office Section Demography and Migration
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CH-2010 Neuchâtel



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