Over 92 million people in European Union live poverty: UN report
One in five people in the European Union lives in poverty, defined as having an income below 60% of national median income, according a report by the United Nations.
More than 92.4 million people, or 21.1% of the EU population, including 19.4 million children, live in poverty across the bloc, warned Olivier De Schutter, Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.
The EU is “not fit” for reducing poverty in Europe and Brexit risks exacerbating the problem, De Schutter said after a two-month investigation.
Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected many Europeans who had never confronted poverty before.
“I have spoken with people who have experienced hunger for the first time, who have been exposed because they are homeless, and who are maltreated and abused because of poverty”, Mr. De Schutter said, warning of a second wave as companies declare bankruptcy, “with higher unemployment as a result”.