Quality of life in Europe: Families in the economic crisis

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31 Mars 2014
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26 Mars 2014
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Résumé

The economic crisis has reshaped the lives of millions of European citizens. But how has it affected families with children? Children are more at risk of poverty or social exclusion than the overall population in a large majority of EU countries; hence, it is important to understand how the crisis has affected the households in which these children grow up. This report describes the changing quality of life across the EU for different types of families with children and compares their living standards and social situation. Grouping the EU Member States into four categories on the basis of the flexibility or otherwise of their family policies, it also examines potential patterns that may be related to different family policy approaches. Themes that emerge from the findings include the particular challenges facing lone parents, the greater difficulties facing jobless families since the onset of the crisis, and the increasing extent of conflict parents experience in seeking to balance their work and family lives. 
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    Number of Pages: 
    80
    Reference No: 
    ef1389
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1138-8
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-01-13-770-EN-C
    DOI: 
    10.2806/49619
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    Quality of life in Europe: Families in the economic crisis

    The economic crisis has reshaped the lives of millions of European citizens. But how has it affected families with children? Children are more at risk of poverty or social exclusion than the overall population in a large majority of EU countries; hence, it is important to understand how the crisis has affected the households in which these children grow up. This report describes the changing quality of life across the EU for different types of families with children and compares their living standards and social situation. Grouping the EU Member States into four categories on the basis of the flexibility or otherwise of their family policies, it also examines potential patterns that may be related to different family policy approaches. Themes that emerge from the findings include the particular challenges facing lone parents, the greater difficulties facing jobless families since the onset of the crisis, and the increasing extent of conflict parents experience in seeking to balance their work and family lives.

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    Number of pages: 
    2
    Reference No: 
    ef13891
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    Qualité de vie en Europe: les familles dans la crise économique

    Authors: 
    Eurofound
    La crise économique a transformé l’existence de millions de citoyens européens. Mais comment a-t-elle affecté les familles avec enfants? Dans la grande majorité des pays, les enfants sont davantage exposés au risque de pauvreté ou d’exclusion sociale que le reste de la population; dès lors, il est important de comprendre comment la crise a touché les ménages au sein desquels ces enfants grandissent. Le présent rapport décrit l’évolution de la qualité de vie dans l’Union européenne pour différents types de familles avec enfants et compare leur niveau de vie et leur situation sociale. En regroupant les États membres de l’Union en quatre catégories en fonction de la souplesse plus ou moins prononcée de leurs politiques familiales, le rapport aborde également les éventuelles tendances qui peuvent être rattachées à différentes approches en matière de politique familiale. Les résultats de l’enquête mettent en évidence des aspects tels que les difficultés spécifiques rencontrées par les parents isolés, la situation plus difficile dans laquelle se trouvent les familles sans emploi depuis le début de la crise, ainsi que l’incompatibilité croissante à laquelle se heurtent les parents lorsqu’ils essaient de concilier travail et vie de famille.



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