DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Asylum Applicants

In 2019, 2,722,000 people, or just under 38%, of the permanent resident population aged 15 and over had a migration background.

*Data source: State Secretariat for Migration Overview (Staatssejretaruat für Migration SEM)

Total Settlements

Switzerland ranks between the UK and Canada for the number of refugees granted legal asylum.

*Data source: State Secretariat for Migration Overview (Staatssejretaruat für Migration SEM)

DIVERSITY CONTRIBUTIONS

Numbers from Asylum applicants and temporary admission granted.

*Data source: European Council on Refugee & Exiles

Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Bosnian
  • Pashto & Dari
  • Turkish

40.8% of the incoming populations speak English and 70% speak one of the three languages spoken in Switzerland (German, French, or Italian.)

*Data source: Federal Statistics Office

70%
Speak Host Country's Language

40.8% of refugees speak English.

ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTIONS
Top 4 Fields of Labor*

Academic Professions

26%

Service Occupations or Sales

16%

Equipment and Machinery Operations

12%

Auxiliary Workers

10%

*Shown as a % of immigrants in the field of labor.

**Data source: Swiss Labor Statistics

7%
1st Generation Immigrant Unemployment
6%
2nd Generation Immigrant Unemployment
SOCIO-FAMILIAL CONTRIBUTION
Unaccompanied Children Released to Sponsors

*Data source: Stastik - Switzerland

45%
Asylum Applications submitted by Minors

*Data source: Save the Children

93%
Children Accompanied by Family
After fleeing Afghanistan. spending years in refugee camps, and being separated for periods of time, Rahim and his family were finally able to restart a new life together in Switzerland. "I didn’t come to Switzerland in order to just eat or sleep or be dependent on charity organizations or on the government. No. I’m educated. I can learn the language quickly. I can find a job, and I will pay my taxes and make a real life and a real contribution here."

May 4, 2022

For a small corner of the world, in Switzerland, what has happened in Ukraine has opened a door I didn’t think I would ever see.

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