With less than 40,000 inhabitants, people from over 100 different nations live in Liechtenstein. The population thus shows great diversity in linguistic, cultural and ethnic terms, and integration is not just an individual mandate but a concern for society as a whole.
Liechtenstein has a lively club life. Music, culture, sport and customs enrich social life. From 1862 onwards, the constitution allowed the founding of associations. Today, Liechtenstein has one of the highest densities of clubs in Europe and clubs give newcomers a good opportunity to get to know the country and its people.
Supporting and promoting integration
The Principality's integration policy aims to achieve a culture of living together in mutual respect and tolerance. This is rooted in Liechtenstein's laws and basic values. The idea is to support and promote integration in order to enable each person in the country to feel at home.
Migrants are expected to take steps towards integration throughout their stay in Liechtenstein, from arriving in the country to receiving citizenship. The Migration and Passport Office has the power to demand that migrants meet certain requirments, especially when it comes to learning German.
The other side of the coin is the state's drive to promote an atmosphere of cultural tolerance as well as mutual understanding and respect. Measures are taken to advise, inform and support migrants when it comes to taking part in society and to combat all forms of discrimination, xenophobia and racism. The Migration and Passport Office, as well as other institutions, plays a central role in this regard.