- Hans Weber
- December 1, 2023
Poland, Czech Republic, and Slovenia Show Lowest Rates of Poverty or Social Exclusion in EU, Reports Eurostat
Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, has revealed that Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovenia emerged as the countries with the lowest percentage of individuals at risk of poverty or social exclusion within the EU in 2022. These findings shed light on the overall state of social well-being across member states, highlighting both successes and ongoing challenges.
According to Eurostat’s report, a staggering 95.3 million people in the EU, comprising 22 percent of the population, were identified as being at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2022. Surprisingly, this figure remained relatively stable when compared to the previous year, with just a marginal decrease from 95.4 million.
In terms of the countries displaying the lowest risk rates, Czechia (12%), Slovenia (13%), and Poland (16%) demonstrated commendable performance in protecting their populations from the perils of poverty and exclusion. These nations have implemented measures and policies that contribute to greater social inclusion and economic stability, resulting in a smaller proportion of their citizens facing such challenges.
On the contrary, Romania (34%), Bulgaria (32%), and Greece and Spain (both 26%) reported the highest rates of poverty or social exclusion within the EU. These countries continue to grapple with systemic issues, making it imperative for policymakers to focus on addressing the root causes and implementing comprehensive strategies to combat poverty and social exclusion effectively.
It is noteworthy that Eurostat’s report also highlighted a gender disparity regarding the risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU during 2022, with women facing a higher risk compared to men. This finding underscores the need for targeted measures that address the specific challenges faced by women, including gender-based economic disparities and social inequalities.
Efforts to combat poverty and social exclusion are crucial for building inclusive societies within the European Union. The successes observed in Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovenia provide valuable insights and examples of effective strategies that can be adopted and adapted by other member states facing similar challenges.
The Eurostat report serves as a valuable resource for policymakers, civil society organizations, and researchers to identify areas that require focused attention and implement evidence-based policies and interventions to alleviate poverty and social exclusion. By working together and sharing best practices, the EU can continue progressing towards a more equitable and socially cohesive future for all its citizens.
Article by Prague Forum