Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Europe's working poor rises

A partial economic recovery in European Union member countries has not translated into less people living in poverty despite them having full-time jobs, a new study has shown. 

More people had faced poverty in recent years despite having full-time jobs, the study found. It said 7.2 percent of fully-employed people in the EU were considered poor in 2013 - in 2015 the figure rose to 7.8 percent.

In 2009, 5.1 percent of people with full-time jobs in Germany belonged to the working poor, and 7.1 percent of them last year.

The Bertelsmann Foundation also pointed to a growing army of disillusioned youths, particularly in Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal where every third young person was confronted with poverty.

"The lack of prospects for so many young people is playing into the hands of right-wing populists across Europe," the chairman of the foundation, Aart De Geus, said in a statement.

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