Life course and experiences of mobility (ch-x 2016/2017)

Resource Type
  • Ferrez, Eliane
  • Heers, Marieke
  • Kleiner, Brian
  • Stam, Alexandra
  • van den Hende, Anthe
Publication Date
  • FORS - Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences
  • CESSDA Topics Classification:
    • Youth
    • Social and occupational mobility
  • Abstract

    FORS won the open tender by the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports to conduct the 2016-17 Swiss Federal Surveys of Adolescents (ch-x), which focuses on the topic of the geographical mobility of young people. ch-x are long-established large-scale surveys conducted amongst 19 to 21-year-old Swiss citizens. They provide virtually full coverage of young men drafted into the army, as well as a sample of women of the same age. The 2016-17 edition will allow an entire cohort of young men over a two-year period to be examined, as well as a complementary sample of approximately 2,000 women of the same age. Never before has there been a large-scale survey of this nature on the topic of mobility, with a special focus on language, professional and cultural stays in other language areas of Switzerland and abroad. The comprehensiveness of the paper questionnaire (over 100 questions) as well as the number of respondents in the dataset (more than 40,000) result in extremely rich data that will enable significant contributions in the fields of mobility and youth studies.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2016-2017
Geographic Coverage
  • Switzerland (CH)
  • Switzerland
Sampled Universe
All young Swiss men (18-19 years old) taking part in the army recruitment process in 2016-2017, as well as an additional sample of 2,000 women.
Other sampling method : Male population: The survey was carried out during the recruitment days in 2016 and 2017, which took place at the six CERECs of the Swiss Army. In addition to the medical, psychological and sports examinations, the conscripts take part in the ch-x survey. Female sample: As with every ch-x survey, based on a stratified sampling strategy a complementary sample of young Swiss women was selected. In addition to the five major cities of Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne and Zurich, around 100 municipalities were selected at random. Young women aged 18 to 19 were also randomly selected from these municipalities. The questionnaire was sent to them by post.
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
For more information about the "ch-x surveys" see the ch-x website:
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Update Metadata: 2020-02-12 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-02-12