At-risk-of-poverty rate


Persons are considered at risk of poverty if they live in a household whose financial resources (excluding capital stock) are considerably lower than the usual income level in the country that they live in. Poverty is seen as a form of inequality; the fact that a person can be considered at risk of poverty does not depend only on his own economic situation, but also on the economic situation of other people in the country under consideration. The at-risk-of-poverty threshold is a relative measure defined in relation to the median equivalised disposable income. By convention, it is usually set at 60% (EU approach), as in the above mentioned figures, or 50% (OECD approach) of the median equivalised disposable income. The
at-risk-of-poverty rate is calculated on the entire population, with no age limit. Being at risk of poverty, therefore, means having an income that is significantly lower than that of the population as a whole, a situation that can lead to social exclusion. 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.

In Switzerland, the at-risk-of-poverty threshold for a single person household was CHF 2504 per month in 2019. This means that a person living alone, whose disposable income was less than CHF 2504 per month, was considered as being at-risk-of-poverty. The threshold was CHF 5258 per month for a two-person household with two children under the age of 14. The at-risk-of-poverty threshold must be distinguished from the absolute poverty rate calculated by the FSO based on Swiss norms for access to social assistance.


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).

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Some 68 indicators describe the current situation and changes in the integration of the population with a migration background and/or of foreign nationals in Switzerland in eleven areas of life in our society.

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34 key indicators provide an overview of the progress made on the journey towards integration and the state of integration of the population with a migration background. If this information is lacking, the population is shown by nationality, and where this variable is available, the country of birth.


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