Christoph Brutschin Member - Governing Council Head - Department of Economy, Social Issues and Environment, Canton Basel City
Head Diversity & Inclusion -CH,
Novartis Pharma AG
"Ensuring that the expats, and particularly their families, are integrated in Switzerland is key. This includes learning the language, learning about the culture, how to manage daily activities in Switzerland, etc. This leads to a win–win situation for the families and for Basel."
Communication Training and Coaching
"I believe that the Basel Region can be greatly enriched by increased contact and collaboration between expats and locals. Learning from each other and sharing our resources, experience and skills will benefit the entire community."
Sabine Horvath Head External Affairs & Marketing Department of Presidential Affairs, Canton Basel City
Global Head Human Resources,
“Both for their professional success and personal well-being, it is important that expatriates and their families are provided with the right level of support to adapt quickly to enable them to be happy at work and home, to learn about the culture and to participate positively in their new environment.”
Hans Beat Moser
Head of Integration,
Canton Basel Land
“Migrants—including expats—should be seen as more than simply an economic resource. It is vital to promote their integration into wider Swiss society, even if their stay is expected to be only temporary.”
Christiane Schumacher Head of Global Mobility, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd
"Integration is important for the success in an international assignment or a local contract. Though German speaking myself, I know that language plays an important role yet, alone, it is not the solution. A good mindset is needed to integrate into a new country and culture. Companies may provide adequate support for integration, however, it is the individual who makes this a success or not. Acquiring a new feeling of being “at home” makes it worth the effort."
Daniela Seabrook Head Corporate Human Resources, Institut Straumann AG
“Integration is not a one way street. It needs the active participation of the expat and his/her family. The company is an important part in supporting integration but in the end, it is up to the person to drive the change and integration.”