Bulgaria -Poverty and social assistance -June 03, 2015

Half of all unemployed are at risk of falling into poverty, and a third is at risk of falling into 'deep' poverty. The largest group among those living below the poverty line are pensioners.

The Institute for Market Economics (IME) has published two research papers on the topic of poverty and social assistance in Bulgaria. The first report focuses on the extent of poverty in the country, and its purpose is to highlight the vulnerable groups (children, the economically inactive and the unemployed). Half of all unemployed are at risk of falling into poverty, and a third is at risk of falling into 'deep' poverty. The largest group among those living below the poverty line are pensioners. The second report pays attention to some shortcomings of leading programmes in the field of social assistance. The main goal of the study is to distinguish the sources of inefficient allocation of public assistance under some programmes and to propose possible solutions that could cause more efficient and purposeful assistance for people who need it the most.

English: http://ime.bg/en/articles/poverty-and-social-assistance-in-bulgaria/  

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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