Toward's Children's Well-being in Europe - Explainer on child poverty in the EU

25 million children in the European Union (EU) are at risk of poverty or social exclusion – that is one child in every four.

Most of these children grow up in poor families, who are increasingly struggling to provide them with a decent life. This is a social crime in an EU that prides itself on its social model, an attack on fundamental rights and a failure to invest in people and in our future.

Can the EU afford the price?

This Explainer on child poverty is jointly produced by EAPN and Eurochild in order to:

  • Raise public awareness about what child poverty means in a European context, its causes, and how it impacts on the lives of children and their families.
  • Highlight effective solutions that can help to fight child poverty and promote the well-being of all children and families, particularly in times of austerity and public spending cuts.




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