According to the Swiss Federal Migration Office, there were over 61,000 Africans living in Switzerland in 2013, from more than 50 nationalities of origin, speaking several languages including English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Arabic, in addition to indigenious African languages like Hausa, Swahili, Bambara, Wollof etc, Africans number 60,658 - slightly less than 3.5% of the foreign resident population. The most heavily-represented countries are Eritrea (8,377), Morocco (7,270), Tunisia (6,489), Democratic Republic of Congo (4,707) and Cameroon (4,068).
Swiss African forum was found in 2003 as an umbrella organisation for the interest of African living in Switzerland.
Our project is driven by the challenge that beyond statements and symbolic gestures, the strongest assurance today would be a dramatic reversal, which would replace the continuing alienation and distancing people from Africa by establishing actual understanding of ideas, institutions and initiatives at all possible levels between the elements of culture, ideas and social classes of people.
New Africans interviews Issa Abdullahi on the current situation with immigrants coming to Europe through Libya
Issa Abdullahi talks about the Swiss African Forum Cultural Festival in 2018
All is now set for the 17th Swiss African Cultural Festival. The annual 2-day cultural extravaganza is scheduled to take place in Biel, Saturday 28th to the 29th at the Place Robert Walser. The Igbo masquerade, Uganda dance, traditional and modern fashion show, African traditional market with food and nonfood vendors representing all corners of Africa are among the activities you will not want to miss.
Entrance is FREE, so reserve the dates.
Place Robert Walser
28 - 29 Sept 2019 | 9.00 - 23.00