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Society at a Glance 2009

OECD Social Indicators

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Society at a Glance offers a concise quantitative overview of social trends and policies across the OECD. This 2009 edition includes a wide range of information on social issues – such as demography and family characteristics, employment and unemployment, poverty and inequality, social and health care expenditure, and work and life satisfaction –as well as a guide to help readers understand the structure of OECD social indicators. 

In addition to updating some of the indicators from previous editions, Society at a Glance 2009 adds several new and innovative social indicators, including adult height, perceived health status, risky youth behaviour and bullying. For the first time, the report also provides a condensed set of headline social indicators summarising social well-being in OECD countries. In addition, a special chapter examines leisure time across the OECD.

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Migration

Place of birth and nationality are the two criteria commonly used by OECD countries to define their immigrant population. According to the first criterion, migrants are persons residing in a country but born in another. According to the second criterion, migrants are residents who have a foreign nationality 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, the foreign-born population is substantially larger than the foreign population. More information on the origin and characteristics (age, gender, educational level, duration of stay and labour market outcomes) of the immigrant population in OECD countries can be found in the publication A Profile of Immigrant Populations in the 21th Century.

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