Racism and integration

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

Fight against racism    
In 2020 58% of the population mentioned that racism is a serious social problem. 61% said that the steps taken to fight racism in Switerland were in line with needs, 5% that too much is done and 31% not enough.

Migrant integration       
With regard to the migrant integration, 64% of the population said that this was proceeding well. 61% said that the steps taken to promote migrant integration in Switzerland were in line with needs, 13% that too much is being done and 25% not enough.

Fight against racism
Of all the people dissatisfied with the situation in terms of the fight against racism, 29% consider that steps should be taken by the State, 22% by each individual, 19% by the politicians and 13% by the schools.

Migrant integration
Of all the people dissatisfied with the situation in terms of migrant integration, 45% consider that measures should be taken by the
State, 20% by the associations, 14% by each individual. 6% consider that it is up to the foreigners themselves to make an effort towards integration.

Ranking 2020
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 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.

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. Of the various actions, signing a petition was the most popular.

  • 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.
  • The highest proportion of the population (50%) intervene when they witness a racist act on a bus.

Further information




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



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