Policies and commitment

Multiple players act and make effort to improve the coexistence in Switzerland. How does the population see the Swiss policies regarding migrant integration and the fight against racism?

The average value of the indicator measuring the perception of racism as a social problem is 60% in 2022. This means that 6 out of 10 persons said that racism is an important issue in Switzerland.

Policy perceptions

Fight against racism: 58% said that the steps taken to fight racism in Switzerland were in line with needs, 6% that too much is done and 34% not enough.

Migrant integration: 60% of the population said that the steps taken to promote migrant integration in Switzerland were in line with needs, 12% that too much is being done and 27% not enough.

The State is the institution mentioned most often as key player in the fight against racism and in migrant integration. Although each individual is considered to be key player in the fight against racism, individual responsibility is considered less important for integration where the role of the associations comes to the forefront.

Ranking 2022
Rank Overall ranking Migrant integration Fight against racism
Top 5
1 state state state
2 associations associations citizens
3 citizens citizens political world
4 political world political world schools
5 schools schools associations
6 economic circles social security media
7 media economic circles economic circles
8 social security foreigners legislative power
9 other players other players other players
10 legislative power sport churches

Fight against racism: Of all the people dissatisfied with the situation in terms of the fight against racism, 28% consider that steps should be taken by the State, 21% by the associations, and 18% by the politicians.

Migrant integration: Of all the people dissatisfied with the situation in terms of migrant integration, 52% consider that measures should be taken by the State, 23% by each individual, 11% by the associations.

Personal commitment

While racism is seen as an important social problem and individual responsibility is often invoked in the fight against it, is the population willing to take action?

Almost 80% of the population say they are willing to make a personal commitment to fighting racism through at least one concrete action such as signing a petition, reporting racist statements online or by participating in a demonstration.

In concrete situations – racist act by the police, on public transport or in the workplace – the proportion of the population who say they intervene to help the victim in all three cases is 8%.

In relation to the willingness to engage (80%), intervention in the event of a racist act (8%) is 10 times less common.

Further information



Documentation on survey


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



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