Working poor in Europe

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02 Février 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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    2
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    ef10251
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    Les «travailleurs pauvres» en Europe - Note de synthèse

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    Eurofound
    Il est généralement reconnu que le fait d’avoir un emploi réduit considérablement le risque de pauvreté. Cependant, 8% de la population active au sein de l’Union européenne faisait partie de la catégorie des «travailleurs pauvres» en 2007, en ce sens qu’ils avaient des revenus inférieurs à 60% de la valeur médiane nationale. Les proportions varient considérablement entre les pays et les groupes sociaux. Dans la plupart des pays, la problématique des travailleurs pauvres ne constitue pas une priorité politique pour les pouvoirs publics ou les partenaires sociaux, bien qu’elle figure généralement dans les politiques générales destinées à lutter contre la pauvreté et l’exclusion sociale.



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