This indicator shows the level of difficulty in coping with regular household expenditure in the different population groups under observation.
In 2018, 11% of the resident population lived in a household that declared it had problems in making ends meet. People with no migration background are considerably less likely to have difficulty in making ends meet than those with a migration background (7% compared with 18% respectively). The difference between the first and the second or subsequent generations is not significant.
Between 2014 and 2018, the share of people living in a household that had difficulty in making ends meet was stable in all of the population groups observed.
Depending on the major region considered, the population with a migration background is between 2 and 4 times more likely to experience difficulty in making ends meet than is the case for the population with no migration background. The greatest difference is found in the Eastern Switzerland region where persons with a migration background are more than four times more likely to say they have difficulty in making ends meet than those with no migration background (18% compared with 4%). In Central Switzerland and Ticino, the proportion of people with a migration background with difficulty making ends meet is not presented due to a lack of observations.
Taking into account your household's total income, how do you manage to make ends meet at the end of the month? In other words, how do you cope with making regular necessary expenditure? Would you say that it is...?
1 : very difficult
2 : difficult
3 : rather difficult
4 : quite easy
5 : easy
6 : very easy?
For the purposes of this indicator, people that answered either 1: very difficult or 2: difficult are considered as having trouble making ends meet.
For households comprised of several adults with a different migration status, the same value calculated for the entire household is used for persons with and without a migration background.
Following changes to the survey framework and improvements in the weighting model, results from 2014 on can no longer be directly compared with those from previous years (series break).