About one in four Europeans – about 120 million people – are in poverty and suffer social exclusion, six million more than at the beginning of the crisis in 2008.
In 2011, 17% of the EU’s 27 member states were in poverty. In five countries, namely Bulgaria (22.3 %), Romania (22.2 %), Spain (21.8 %), Greece (21.4 %) and Lithuania (20.0 %), one fifth or more of the population were in poverty. More below
Austerity pushing Europe into social and economic decline, says Red Cross (October 2013)
Three million Spaniards now live in dire poverty, says Cáritas (October 2013)
Up to 25 million more Europeans at risk of poverty by 2025 if austerity drags on (September 2013)
Poverty and Equality at an All Time High (Sep 2013)
Living standards falling in most EU member states (March 2013)
Red Cross Struggling to Aid Europe’s ‘New Poor’ (January 2013)
Brussels fears ‘poverty trap’ for half of Europe as North-South gap widens (January 2013)
Portugal disappearing middle class (January 2013)
Europe’s Poverty Boom (December 2012)
Poverty and social exclusion rising in Greece (December 2012)
Women hit most by poverty in France (November 2012)
Millions poor despite Germany’s wealth (October 2012)
Europe’s Poor Ask for Food Aid as Crisis Bites (October 2012)
In the EU27, 8% of the population were severely materially deprived, meaning that they had living conditions constrained by a lack of resources such as not being able to afford to pay their bills, keep their home adequately warm, or take a one week holiday away from home.
The proportion of women at risk of poverty or social exclusion is higher than for men in all member states.