EU sources -Risk of poverty documented -October 20, 2015

The Bertelsmann Foundation conducts an annual study of developments in opportunities for social participation in all 28 EU member states. The applied monitor looks at 6 dimensions (poverty prevention, equitable education, labour market access, social cohesion and non-discrimination, health, intergenerational justice). The authors resume in the report ‘Social Justice in the EU - Index Report 2015’ that nearly one-quarter of EU citizens (24.6%) are currently regarded as being at-risk-of poverty or social exclusion – an extremely high and worrisome value. Measured against today’s total EU population, this corresponds to approximately 122 million people. Despite economic recovery, the gap between young and old is growing and the social divide between northern and southern Europe remains immense. 


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