Working poor in Europe

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2 February 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 grRead more

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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    Il-Ħaddiema foqra fl-Ewropa - Sommarju Eżekuttiv

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    Eurofound
    Huwa rikonoxxut b’mod ġenerali li jekk wieħed ikollu impjieg, dan inaqqas ħafna r-riskju tal-faqar. Madankollu, fl-2007, fl-Unjoni Ewropea, 8% tal-popolazzjoni impjegata waqgħet fil-kategorija tal-‘ħaddiema foqra’, fis-sens li għandha dħul taħt is-60% tal-medjan nazzjonali. Il-proporzjon ivarja b’mod konsiderevoli bejn pajjiż u ieħor u bejn grupp soċjali u ieħor. F’ħafna pajjiżi, il-kwistjoni tal-ħaddiema foqra mhijiex prijorità tal-politika tal-gvern jew tal-imsieħba soċjali, għalkemm hija ta’ spiss inkluża f’politiki ġenerali kontra l-faqar u l-esklużjoni soċjali.



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