Social cohesion

In order to encourage populations of different origins to interact and coexist together, integration requires an open and inclusive society that is free from discrimination, exclusion and segregation. The indicators in this life area seek to measure and describe the social climate and show the level of social cohesion in a diverse population like Switzerland's. Two of the indicators refer to crime, which is symptomatic of a lack of social cohesion and a difficult integration process.

Help for interpretation: The population with a migration background is more open to diversity in everyday life than the population without such a background. They also more often experience racial discrimination than the population without a migration background. The population with a migration background, particularly of the first generation, declare less often that they can get support from others in times of need than people without such a background. Acceptance of the plurality of funeral rites and feelings of security are not significantly different between the population groups.  


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