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For 53% of foreigners, Switzerland is the first foreign country they have lived in outside of their own, however this percentage varies significantly by nationality. The most international foreigners are British. Around 72% of UK nationals have lived in one or more countries outside of Switzerland or the UK. 42% have lived in two or more. After Brits come North Americans. 64% of this group have lived in one or more countries outside of Switzerland or their home nation. At the other end of the internationalism spectrum sit the Portuguese. 67% have never lived anywhere other than Switzerland or Portugal.
The main reason for moving to Switzerland is work (62%). This is most true for Germans (>70%) and British (just under 70%). Close to two thirds of French, Italians and Austrians also come for professional reasons. For Portuguese the percentage is a little over 50%. The main reason for West Africans and South Americans to come to Switzerland is for family. Around two thirds of of those from these regions come for this reason.
70% of those making a professional move to Switzerland report an improvement in their jobs. Only 12% say their situation is worse. 75% of those from southern Europe (Portugal, Spain, Italy) feel their work situation is better. Those from northern Europe and North America are less enthusiastic. Only 60% think they are better off professionally.
The average level of education among foreigners is high. Those most likely to have tertiary education are Indians (96%), North Americans (94%) and British (91%). Those least likely to have tertiary education are Portuguese (24%), West Africans (44%) and South Americans (52%).
Women are less happy with their Swiss jobs than men. Overall 15% of women say working in Switzerland is a downgrade compared to 10% of men.
Between 24% and 52% say they have experienced discrimination, depending on their nationality. 24% of Austrians says they have experienced this, compared to 52% of West Africans. When it comes to gender, the British and North Americans are the most likely to say they have experienced discrimination (20%). Women (19%) more than men (2%) however.
The true test of affinity with Switzerland is surely the desire to become Swiss. Overall, 40% are keen to become Swiss citizens, 27% are not, and 34% are undecided. Those most motivated to apply are from West Africa (68%) and South America (63%). Austrians (25%), Portuguese (27%), Spaniards (30%), British (34%) and Germans (35%) are the least interested. French (54%) are in the middle. And overall men (42%) are a bit keener than women (37%).
Reasons for applying to become a Swiss national include: voting (26%), feeling an attachment to Switzerland (25%) and practical reasons, like the right to stay in Switzerland (22%). Those not wanting to become Swiss say they don’t plan to stay (27%), don’t want to give up their current nationality (23%), or have no interest (17%).
Source: Le News, 2017
Wednesday Jul 26, 2017