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Children

We use the term binational children when parents have two different nationalities, and thus often differing socio-cultural backgrounds. About 30% of the children born each year in Switzerland are binational. These children grow up in a bicultural situation that may be shaped on the one hand by parents’ differing values and child-rearing views and on the other hand by reactions from their surroundings. In bicultural families, worlds come together and new trans-cultural ways of life come into being. These bicultural children are generally multi-lingual, inter-culturally skilled, flexible and tolerant, and, thanks to their language and cultural skills, well-equipped for today’s world. Cultural difference should, however, not be over-emphasized, as even in families that are entirely Swiss, the father and the mother may have differing child-rearing styles or different views of life. 

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