Monitoring and reporting

Monitoring and reporting

The Service for Combating Racism (SCRA) systematically observes and analyses the social cohesion situation in Switzerland. It produces regular reports on racial discrimination and efforts to overcome it.

The SCRA’s Report on discrimination in Switzerland (PDF, 2 MB, 26.11.2019) is published every two years and:

  • provides an overview of the available data
  • analyses long-term trends in racist attitudes
  • documents the measures taken in all spheres of life 


Further thematic reports 



In 2016, the SCRA produced its first report detailing the federal government’s efforts to combat antisemitism in Switzerland. Following the publication of the SCRA’s third report on racial discrimination in Switzerland an updated version was published in 2017.

Report on measures against antisemitism (PDF, 447 kB, 14.12.2018)


Anti-black racism

The SCRA commissioned a group of researchers led by the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies (SFM) to investigate the individual, institutional and structural dimensions of anti-black racism in Switzerland. Based on the experiences and knowledge of those affected and experts in the field, the exploratory qualitative study identifies the key issues at present and delivers an assessment of the need for further action and research. 


Collection of racism-related group data in national statistics: review of Switzerland's practice, based on international and national legal and statistical requirements


The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the European Convention on Human Rights, and in-depth agreements such as the International Convention on All Forms of Racial Discrimination, as well as European constitutions and laws, all call for the equal treatment of citizens, regardless of sex, age, disability, descent, origin, ethnicity, race or skin colour. But how can we identify equal treatment and discrimination on these grounds? What role does data collection for official statistics and research play? What are the international standards and what is the practice in European countries and in Switzerland? What conclusions and recommendations can be derived from this?

These questions are at the heart of this report. The report focuses on the characteristics of origin, ethnicity and race. These aspects have become much more important as a result of the increased intermixing of European societies, caused by mobility, migration and cultural change.





Last modification 15.07.2020

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