Immigration and Integration

A few figures

Despite the pandemic, day-to-day business kept SEM busy – here are a few figures from 2020:

  • 28'168
    Ordinary naturalisations
  • 6899

    Simplified naturalisations

  • 124
    Reinstatements of citizenship
  • 175
    Humanitarian visas
  • 17'036

    Travel documents and return visas for foreign nationals in Switzerland

  • 52’308

    Residence permits

Cooperation between the UK and Switzerland

In view of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union at the start of 2021, Switzerland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland signed a Memorandum of Understanding in December on extending cooperation in the field of migration and on mobility. The two-year agreement on mobility concerns, in particular, the entry to and stay in Switzerland of service providers to ensure that short-term services can still be provided once freedom of movement ends.

Language equals integration – and vice versa

Language is the foundation of integration. For many years the Confederation has therefore promoted the linguistic integration of migrants. In 2017, the federal government established the fide office: ‘fide’ stands for ‘French, Italian and German (DEutsch) in Switzerland’. In 2020 alone, around 13,000 people completed a fide language test in one of these three national languages; 203 course instructors received a certificate for teaching in the field of integration. fide currently runs 30 language courses in the German- and French-speaking parts of Switzerland.