Arab Society: Compendium of Social Statistics - Issue No. 13

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Arab Society: A Compendium of Demographic and Social Statistics, is the latest in a series of biennial compendia of the Statistics Division of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). It presents a broad description of Arab society, focusing on population dynamics, household composition and family formation, housing conditions, health, education, labour, poverty and inequality, and culture and social participation. Data are drawn primarily from National Statistical Offices of ESCWA member countries and supplemented by publicly accessible data from international agencies, such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the World Health Organization, the International Labour Organization, the World Bank and the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Not all available indicators are displayed in the body of this publication. A more exhaustive set of tables can be found on the ESCWA website.

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The Arab region has a fairly heterogenous demographic profile. Countries in the region are at different stages of their demographic transitions owing to a wide range of country-specific social, economic, political and cultural factors (Tabutin and Schoumaker, 2012). Currently, the region includes countries with markedly different population sizes, age-sex structures, growth rates and population composition, because the three main drivers of demographic change are themselves changing rapidly, namely total fertility, mortality, and international migration.


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