Racism and integration

The figures below provide detailed information about the population’s opinions on the effectiveness of Swiss policy on the fight against racism 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, 64% of the population said that this was proceeding well. In contrast, 35% said it was proceeding badly. For 42% of the population, the subject of racism is not an issue. 58% 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 racism is presented.

With regard to migrant integration, 61% of the population said that the steps taken were in line with needs, 13% think that too much is being done and 25% not enough. With regard to the fight against racism, 61% also think that the steps taken are adequate, 5% 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. 20% think that it is the responsibility of associations and 14% of each individual. 6% consider that it is up to the foreigners themselves to make an effort towards integration.

Fight against racism

Concerning the fight against racism, 29% of the dissatisfied said that steps should be taken by the Confederation, the cantons or the communes, another 22% think that this should be the responsibility of each individual. 19% consider that measures should be taken by the political parties or politicians and 13% by the schools.

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

For both of these issues, the State remains the institution mentioned most often. Individual responsibility and the role of each individual come second. 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 comes to the forefront.

Further information




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



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