Since 1995 Neuchâtel State Council has been making an annual award of 7,000 CHF to a group or an individual who, through a work, a performance, an act or even a word or an attitude, has made an outstanding contribution to:
- raising awareness of the need for inter-ethnic and inter-religious dialogue in order to promote respect for others and cultural diversity;
- promoting tolerance;
- rejecting any exclusion based on ethnicity, religion or nationality.
The entire population, and all public and private institutions are eligible to submit applications for the prize "Salut l'étranger-ère!"