Society at a Glance 2019

OECD Social Indicators

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This report, the ninth edition of the biennial OECD overview of social indicators, addresses the growing demand for quantitative evidence on social well-being and its trends. This year’s edition presents 25 indicators, several of which are new, and includes data for 36 OECD member countries and, where available, key partners (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa) and other G20 countries (Argentina and Saudi Arabia).

The report features a special chapter on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people: their numbers, how they fare in terms of economic outcomes and well-being, and what policies can improve LGBT inclusivity. It also includes a special section based on the 2018 OECD Risks That Matter Survey on people’s perceptions of social and economic risks and the extent to which they think governments address those risks. In addition, the report provides a guide to help readers in understanding the structure of OECD social indicators.

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Annual new permanent migration flows represent less than 1% of the population in nearly all OECD countries (). Only Switzerland and Luxembourg have, since many years, much higher rates, reaching 1.5% and 3.4% respectively in 2016. Permanent migration flows rose sharply in Germany and Sweden in recent years, giving both countries a spot in the top five OECD countries in terms of immigration as a proportion of the population. Within the EU, many permanent migrants come from other EU countries through the free mobility arrangements. The share of migrants coming from third countries to EU countries remains relatively low but has been rising from 0.22% in the period 2010-15 to 0.36% in 2016.

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