EAPN: Explainer on Poverty and Inequality in the EU

This new explainer focuses primarily on current perspectives on the nature and extent of poverty, its causes and its links to inequality

EAPN's new Explainer on Poverty and Inequality in the EU is an update of the Explainer of the same name issued in 2009 and one of EAPN's most popular publications. This publication sets out to provide a simple introduction to the poverty debate.

It focuses primarily on current perspectives on the nature and extent of poverty, its causes and its links to inequality. It explains how poverty is understood and measured currently in the EU, and highlights some of the shortcomings of these approaches.

This explainer, firstly published in 2007 and updated in 2009 as part of EAPN’s build-up campaign around the 2010 European Year Combating Poverty, was the first of a series of explainers aiming at making poverty more visible, understood and acted on. This version (2014) provides an update, incorporating the latest EU SILC data, and the new EU policy context, namely the Europe 2020 Strategy.

Download the explainer in this link.