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Country Resource - Switzerland

Switzerland

CH
  • Population......................................................................8,061,516 (July 2014 est.)
  • Population growth rate .............................................................0.78% (2014 est.)
  • Birth rate.....................................................10.48 births/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Death rate................................................8.1 deaths/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Net migration rate...............................5.43 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Ethnic groups.............German 65%, French 18%, Italian 10%, Romansch 1%, other 6%

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Denise Efionayi, Josef Martin Niederberger and Philippe Wanner of the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies explain how Switzerland, with one of the highest percentages of foreigners in Europe, is responding to a variety of migration challenges.

Recent Activity

Swiss voters strongly approved a popular initiative to ban the construction of minarets in Switzerland. Julie Schindall reports on reaction to the vote and explains how the Swiss system makes such lawmaking possible.

Nearly 40 percent of Switzerland's 1.6 million foreign residents come from countries outside the European Union. Julie Schindall examines the latest data on this population, integration indicators and policies, and political rhetoric and public opinion.

Only recently have European politicians and public opinion leaders talked about the need to focus on the integration of immigrants and their children.

Denise Efionayi, Josef Martin Niederberger and Philippe Wanner of the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies explain how Switzerland, with one of the highest percentages of foreigners in Europe, is responding to a variety of migration challenges.

Veysel Oezcan of Humboldt University Berlin reports on a Swiss ruling that bars communities from holding plebiscites to approve or reject naturalization applications.