'Racism against youth in Switzerland doubled since 2018'
The Swiss Service for Combating Racism (SCRA), a federal body tasked with the prevention of racism, in a report released on Thursday, which the Swiss Interior Ministry also posted on its official website, said 17% of people in Switzerland say they have been racially discriminated in the last five years, implying that 1.2 million people, or one in every six people in the country, have faced racial discrimination.
Racist discrimination disproportionately affected young people aged 15 to 39, as well as those with a migration background, the report said.
The 15-24 age group saw the greatest increase. In 2022, 36% of respondents reported being victims of racist discrimination, up from 19% in 2016. This means the number of cases has nearly doubled.
The data analysis shows that racism and racial discrimination are a reality for an increasing number of people in Switzerland, with "more and more people saying that they experience racial discrimination," the report said.
Racist discrimination occurs in all aspects of life, including the workplace, the classroom, and the streetcar, it said.
The report cited the "Living Together in Switzerland" survey, which was evaluated for monitoring, and in cases of advice provided by the Swiss Advice Network for Victims of Racism, the workplace has long been the most frequently mentioned area.
According to the Swiss federal body for the prevention of racism, the types of discrimination vary. It includes everything from unjustified discrimination during the application process to workplace insults and bullying, as well as wage discrimination.
The report did not specify the nationality or religious affiliation of the discrimination victims.
In its report, the Swiss organization emphasizes institutional measures to better protect all Swiss citizens from discrimination.