Thursday 4 February 2016
Despite a return to economic growth, lone-parent families and large families with three or more dependent children face significant difficulties throughout Europe. In some countries more than eight out of ten lone-parent families are at risk of poverty or social exclusion. There are also large disparities between Member States, with families in some countries significantly more likely to have difficulty in making ends meet than others. This is according to the new report Families in the economic crisis: Changes in policy measures in the EUwhich looks at the situation of families in Europe after the economic crisis, with an in-depth policy analysis of 10 Member States.
The report highlights that there are 4.8 million more EU citizens living in poverty than in 2008, with families facing particular difficulties. Lone parents and large families are more likely to be at risk of poverty or social exclusion, or to have difficulties in making ends meet. However, there is a large divergence between Member States, due in part to different national level family policies as well as overall economic performance. The report found large disparities between the Nordic countries and newer EU Member States. For example, in 2012 a large Bulgarian family was more than 13 times more likely to have difficulty making ends meet than a large Finnish family.