Integration

Today, Estonia is a country where next to the dominant ethnic group, i.e. Estonians, there are people with various ethnic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds and origins. These groups of people cannot be unequivocally identified. Rather, they can be described via various characteristics such as their demographic and socio-economic background, coping, living conditions, etc. In order to characterise the coexistence of different population and social groups, the term integration is used. This denotes a friendly and safe coexistence based on mutual acceptance and respect between social groups. The aim of integration is to ensure equal opportunities for successful coping and well-being to all inhabitants of Estonia regardless of their ethnic nationality and mother tongue.

The integration indicators, which were compiled at the request of the Ministry of Culture, reflect the educational attainment, labour force participation, socio-economic status and living conditions of population groups with different domestic languages, citizenship and origin. The above-mentioned indicators could facilitate assessing the level of integration.

Integration indicators form a part of statistics on other domains.