Fact and Figures

In an effort to combat poverty, Member States have agreed on and are using a common set of indicators to better understand what it means to be poor.

Poverty in the EU is measured in terms of income, and people are said to be ‘at-risk-of poverty’, when their income is equal to or less than 60% of the median income of their country. Other indicators such as levels of unemployment, housing conditions, school dropout rates and access to public services such as healthcare, are also taken into account.

Facts and figures on poverty and social exclusion: