EU citizens complain that full-time work are increasingly not enough for a normal life, writes InoPressa.ru with reference to the Swiss newspaper Neue Zuercher Zeitung.
As noted by the publication, the study from the Bertelsmann showed that, despite some improvements in the European labor market, “more and more people who work full time, are on the verge of poverty: the number of those in the EU grew from 7.2% in 2013 to 7.8% in 2015. In Germany, these people in 2013 was 5.1 per cent in 2015 was 7.1 percent.
The Foundation publishes the so-called “Index of social justice” (Social Justice Index) since 2008. The growing number of so-called “working poor” was alarming to the authors of the study.
The increase in the proportion of people who cannot survive even if there is work, undermines the legitimacy of our social and economic models”, – says the Chairman of the Fund Aart de Geus.
Just on the verge of poverty in Europe, according to the study, is 23.7% of EU citizens. In 2014, the figure was 24.4 percent.
The highest proportion of people in risk category in 2015, was recorded in Greece (35.7 per cent), Romania (37.3 per cent) and Bulgaria (41.3 percent). In the age group under 18 years poverty threatens 26.9% of EU citizens. And in Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal in the average poverty threshold is every third child.
The Chairman of the Fund Aart de Geus points out that “the lack of prospects for many young people plays into the hands of the growing populist movements.”