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Religious groups Your questions : Sects appeal in Switzerland

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Scientology generated the most queries in Switzerland.

(Keystone / Alessandro Della Bella)

Observers estimate that there are around 1,000 small sectsexternal link in Switzerland. What do you want to know about them?

Infosekta, an independent Zurich-based association that answers queries about different sects, received over 2,600 requests for information last year. In most cases, those reaching out to Infosekta knew someone who had joined a sect. In around 15% of the cases, the enquiry involved one or more minors.  

What is a sect? Which is the biggest one? Do they improve people's lives? Do they prey on the vulnerable?

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The majority of requests were regarding Jehovah’s Witnesses (15%), YOU Church (5%), Scientology (3%), International Christian Fellowship (2%) and the Anastasia movement (2%).  

However, some of these groups reject being labelled as sects. Many are evangelist groups or free churches while others have more niche appeal. 

What is certain is they generate a lot of interest as well as criticism. Let us know what you'd like us to investigate in the form below.

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