Society at a Glance 2006

OECD Social Indicators

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OECD's biennial stocktaking of social indicators of OECD countries, this unique publication has been revised to be structurally similar to OECD's annual Factbook.  For each of the almost 40 indicators provided, a two-page spread shows on the left side definitions of indicators and commentaries on trends, while the right side shows tables and graphs highlighting key messages found in the data. This edition includes general context indicators such as income per capita, self-sufficiency indicators such as mothers in paid employment; equity indicators such as gender wage gaps; health indicators such as sick-related absences from work; and social cohesion indicators such as trust in political institutions. This edition includes StatLinks, URLs under each table and graph that link to Excel spreadsheets containing the underlying data.

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Place of birth and nationality are the two criteria most commonly used by OECD countries to define their immigrant population. Based on the first criterion, migrants are persons residing in a country but born in another, i.e. first-generation migrants. According to the second criterion, migrants are residents who have the nationality of their home country, and may include persons born in the host country. Cross-country differences between the size of the foreign-born population and that of the foreign population depend on the rules governing the acquisition of citizenship in each country. In general, estimates of the foreign-born population are substantially higher than those based on nationality. While different national definitions have traditionally limited cross-country comparability of the stock of migrants in different OECD countries, this issue of Society at a Glance presents for the first time comparable data of the foreign-born population derived from population censuses (Dumont and Lemaître, 2005).

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