Young people are the group with the biggest risk of poverty and social exclusion in Spain and the EU

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 Young people under the age of 18 represented the population group with the biggest poverty risk or social exclusion of the European Union (EU) in 2011, published Eurostat, the European statistics body last Tuesday. According to these data, the 27% of the young people under the age of 18, who are living in the EU, were in the same situation, 24% of adults (people between 18 to 64 years old) and 21% of old people (more than 65 years old). Furthermore, young people are the most threatened group by poverty and social exclusion in majority of the Member States of EU, with Bulgaria at the head with 52%, followed by Romania 49%, Latvia 44% and Hungary 40%. Countries with lower rates of young people under 18 years old affected by this risk are Suede, Denmark and Finland 16% each one, followed by Slovenia 17%, Holland 18% and Austria 19%.

Young people in Spain

The 30,6% of young people under the age of 18 were at risk of social exclusion or poverty in Spain in 2011, what mean 3,6 points more than the average of EU, according to Eurostat. Other age groups, Spanish percentage were also higher than the Europe of 27: 27,2% for adults, 24,3% of EU and 22,3% for old people and 20,50%.

People considered at risk of social exclusion have to face at least one of these three conditions: risk of economic poverty, material deprivation or living in a low-intensity work house hold. To elaborate these statistics they took into account many agents as the composition of families, or labour situation of parents. Eurosat emphasizes, that almost a half of children with parents with a low level of education were at risk of social exclusion, meanwhile those children whose parents got a secondary education the proportion comes down to a 22%. In the same way, almost one of every three children of an immigrant in his home country were at risk of social exclusion, but in a more dangerous way, than at the moment of their parents were natives in their country.

According to Eurosat, Spain was one of the countries, where this factor was more accentuated: the 46% of young people under the age of 18 and with one of their parents being immigrant were at risk of social exclusion. Spain was followed by Greece with 43%, France with 39%, and with low rates were Czech Republic with 15%, Estonia 17% and Malta 18%, as showed the Statistic Office of the EU.

Almost a half of children with parents with a low level of education were at risk of social exclusion

The Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Laszlo Ando, emphasized last Tuesday during a conference in London, the importance of invest in social welfare and avoid short-time policies at the current crisis context. “At the current situation, governments are looking for consolidate its budgets at the same time of boost growth. This turn expenses in social welfare into one of the main purposes of cuts, so it is important not spend more but efficiently” said Andor. 

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