Saturday, 3 October 2015

The strong migratory flows in recent years are profoundly changing the face of the Swiss population. Among the youngest, children of immigrant background are already a majority. 
The figure passed unnoticed until now. But it's a small bomb, left by the Federal Statistics Office in an obscure report, in December 2013. 
Among children aged from 0 to 6 years, Swiss "de souche" [indigenous] are now a minority. Today 53.6% of the youngest inhabitants of the country are born to couples with an immigrant background, or from mixed couples (one person with foreign roots, the other not). "Of immigrant background" essentially means foreigners of the first and second generation established in Switzerland, as well as the naturalised. 
Other indicators confirm this phenomenon, which seems to lend substance to an old nightmare of the far-right, the "Great Replacement" of a people by immigrants. 
Among births, the proportion of babies not of an immigrant background became a minority from 2013 on. The proportion of Swiss without recent immigrant roots in the total population fell to 70.4% in 2003 to 64.4% in 2013.


  1. How did this pass through the telegraph censors?