One in Three Swiss Un­com­fort­able With Out­siders


ZURICH (Dis­patches) - More than one in three Swiss feel un­com­fort­able around peo­ple per­ceived to be “dif­fer­ent” be­cause of their na­tion­al­ity, re­li­gion, skin color or other fac­tors, a gov­ern­ment sur­vey found.

The poll re­leased on Tues­day sought for the first time to gauge how peo­ple co­ex­ist in a coun­try of 8.4 mil­lion res­i­dents, a quar­ter of them for­eign­ers. Thirty-six per­cent said they felt un­easy in the pres­ence of peo­ple they found out­side the norm, par­tic­u­larly those who spoke a for­eign lan­guage, or moved around.

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