Working poor in Europe

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02 februar 2011
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Being in work greatly reduces the risk of poverty. Nevertheless, in the European Union, 8% of the employed population fell into the category of ‘working poor’ in 2007, in the sense of having an income below 60% of the national average. The proportion varies markedly across countries and social groups. In most countries, the issue of working poor is not a policy priority of either the government or the social partners, although it can be included in general policies to combat poverty and social exclusion. Although there is little evidence to prove it to date, the working poor are likely to have been particularly affected by the current economic recession.

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    Working poor in Europe

    Being in work greatly reduces the risk of poverty. Nevertheless, in the European Union, 8% of the employed population fell into the category of ‘working poor’ in 2007, in the sense of having an income below 60% of the national average. The proportion varies markedly across countries and social groups. In most countries, the issue of working poor is not a policy priority of either the government or the social partners, although it can be included in general policies to combat poverty and social exclusion. Although there is little evidence to prove it to date, the working poor are likely to have been particularly affected by the current economic recession.

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    Reference No: 
    ef10251
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    Arbejdende fattige i Europa - Sammendrag

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    Eurofound
    Det er almindelig anerkendt, at det at være i beskæftigelse i høj grad reducerer risikoen for fattigdom. Ikke desto mindre faldt 8 % af de beskæftigede i EU ind under kategorien “arbejdende fattige” i 2007, i den forstand at de har en indkomst på under 60 % af den nationale median. Andelen varierer væsentligt på tværs af lande og socialgrupper. I de fleste lande er problemet med de arbejdende fattige ikke en politisk prioritet for hverken regeringen eller arbejdsmarkedets parter, selvom det ofte er medtaget i de generelle politikker til bekæmpelse af fattigdom og social udstødelse.



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