Working poor in Europe

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02 Febbraio 2011
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02 Febbraio 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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    ef10251
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    Lavoratori poveri in Europa - Sintesi

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    Eurofound
    È ampiamente riconosciuto che avere un’occupazione riduce in misura considerevole il rischio di povertà. Tuttavia, nel 2007 l’8% della popolazione occupata nell’Unione europea rientrava nella categoria dei “lavoratori poveri”, avendo un reddito inferiore al 60% della media nazionale. La percentuale varia notevolmente a seconda dei paesi e dei gruppi sociali. Nella maggior parte dei paesi, la questione dei lavoratori poveri non rappresenta una priorità politica né per il governo né per le parti sociali, pur essendo spesso inclusa nelle politiche generali di lotta alla povertà e all’esclusione sociale.



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