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Term
Relative poverty
Term extension
Social statistics
Definition
People are said to be living in poverty if their income and resources are so inadequate as to preclude them from having a standard of living considered acceptable in the society in which they live. Because of their poverty they may experience multiple disadvantages through unemployment, low income, poor housing, inadequate health care and barriers to lifelong learning, culture, sport and recreation. They are often excluded and marginalised from participating in activities (economic, social and cultural) that are the norm for other people and their access to fundamental rights may be restricted
Source
European Council 1975, quoted in Eurostat, "Combating poverty and social exclusion", 2010 Edition, Statistical books, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2010
Hyperlink
http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_OFFPUB/KS-EP-09-001/EN/KS-EP-09-001-EN.PDF
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