Poverty and Inequalities on the Rise – Just Social Models needed as the solution

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This report shows evidence suggesting that six years after the crisis began in 2008 the economic crisis is still leaving its marks on residents and EU economies. In addition to enormous debt levels with very little economic growth, there are huge numbers of unemployed people and millions of people living in poverty or at risk of poverty. Caritas member organisations in Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Spain provide concrete examples and testimonies of the lasting impact of the crisis on individuals in these countries. In order to not only analyse the crisis and its impacts, we intended with this report to also bring hope to policy and decision-makers at local, regional, national and European levels, as well as to non-governmental organisations, the Church and the people most affected by the crisis through the formulation of concrete proposals to overcome the crisis. This report is a useful tool to promote recovery in Europe and to avoid new crises. Or to say it in the words of Pope Francis: “A Europe which cares for, defends and protects man, every man and woman.”
Keywords: 
Social Policy, Social Rights, Social Performance, Employment, Growth, Juncker Plan, Equality, Investment
Country of publication: 
Ireland
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Publication date: 
Monday, March 9, 2015
Number of pages: 
96