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EU Integration indicators: new data on poverty and social exclusion

Eurostat updated in January 2016 the migration integration statistics ('Zaragoza indicators') on the risk of poverty and social exclusion. One of the headline targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy is the reduction of poverty by lifting at least 20 million people out of poverty or social exclusion, including through the integration of legally resident migrants. Material deprivation plays a key role in defining the poverty and social exclusion goal of the Europe 2020 strategy, which is to reduce the number of people at risk of poverty by 20 million.

The updated section on Eurostat's website summarises the main trends and variation in outcomes in this area of integration across all 28 EU Member States:

  • The share of non-EU-born people at risk of poverty or social exclusion has risen 3 points from 36.7% in 2005 to 40.1% in 2014, compared to 22.5% for the native-born population
  • Severe material deprivation is experienced by 18.9% of non-EU citizens and 18.2% of young non-EU-born adults, compared to the EU average of 8.8% for national citizen adults
  • 36.4% of children (aged 0-17) with an immigrant background were growing up at risk of poverty in 2014, twice the level of exposure as for children of national citizens across the EU (19.0 %)
  • Nearly half (49.3%) of non-EU-born young adults (aged 16-29) in 2013 were starting off their adult life at risk of poverty or social exclusion, compared to 28.1% of young people born in the country
  • Employment is not a sustainable path to self-sufficiency for a significant number of non-EU-born workers; 20.6% of non-EU-born workers suffered from in-work poverty compared to 8.4% of native-born workers


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