Statement by Professor Olivier De Schutter, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, on his visit to the European Union

Jan 29, 2021 – The undeniable improvement in living standards that the EU has spearheaded since its inception has positioned its Member States at the top of the Human Development Index values, and the EU as a whole enjoys relatively low levels of inequality and income concentration. But one in five people—over 92.4 million or 21.1% of the population—are still at risk of poverty in the EU-27, and inequality levels have remained virtually static or even worsened since the 2008 crisis. A total of 19.4 million children, representing 23.1%, are at risk of poverty across the Union, an exceedingly high number for developed country standards.
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