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TELL US: Are you eligible to become Swiss but choose not to?

Whether by descent or any other reason, we want to hear from those who are eligible for naturalisation in Switzerland but who haven’t decided to do so.

TELL US: Are you eligible to become Swiss but choose not to?

According to a recent study, a large number of young people living in Switzerland are eligible to become Swiss but have decided not to do so. 

Experts believe this is due to a variety of factors, including the difficulty associated with becoming Swiss and the fact that many people can live and work in Switzerland relatively easily without citizenship – even though they are unable to vote. 

READ MORE: Why young foreigners are opting out of Swiss citizenship

If you are able to become Swiss – or will soon be able to – but will not go through the process, we’d like to get to the bottom of why.

Please let us know below and click through to give us more specific information. If it is a combination of reasons, let us know the major one.


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Zurich approves simplified path to Swiss citizenship

Voters in Switzerland’s most populous canton on Sunday approved a proposal which will make it easier for foreigners to get Swiss citizenship.

Zurich approves simplified path to Swiss citizenship

The vote passed with 69.1 percent support, making it the most popular of the four initiatives put to the polls. 

Around 350,000 foreigners live in Zurich, which is roughly one quarter of the population – although the percentage is as high as 50 percent in some municipalities. 

The successful proposal called for Zurich’s naturalisation process, including the citizenship exam, to be made uniform across all 162 municipalities. 

The questions in the exam will now be centralised on a cantonal level. 

The test will include 350 questions about Swiss history, tradition, politics and culture, with a focus on Zurich. 

Anyone taking the test will be given 50 questions at random and must answer at least 30 correctly to pass. 

More information about the citizenship process in Zurich can be found at the following link. 

EXPLAINED: How Zurich wants to make naturalisation easier

What else was decided on Sunday? 

Voters in Zurich also decided to reject a proposal to lower the voting age to 16, with 64.1 percent saying ‘nein’ to the proposal. 

A proposal to provide for more parental leave – and even up gender imbalances between fathers and mothers – was also rejected. 

Finally, voters supported law changes which sought to enshrine Zurich’s climate change goals in the cantonal constitution. 

A detailed breakdown of the vote can be seen here.