208 000 people in Austria (2.4 % of the residential population) are experiencing poverty and social exclusion (as of 2021): they live in ‘severe material deprivation’, and in addition to a low income, they are also facing exclusion in key areas of life (e.g. education or housing).
Women are more often affected by poverty than men. One in four people experiencing poverty are children. Their parents are immigrants, out of work, single parents, or have jobs in which they do not earn enough to make ends meet. One in three poor people are unable to escape the cycle of poverty and social exclusion. Half of all people living in manifest poverty have been in this situation for more than a year.
223 000 people in Austria (2.6 % of the residential population) are experiencing poverty and social exclusion in 2020. They live in ‘severe material deprivation’, and in addition to a low income, they are also facing exclusion in key areas of life (e.g. education or housing).
Poverty Watch Main Findings
Most affected groups
Illegal immigrants and asylum seekers
- Convoke a parliamentary subcommittee on combating poverty
- Prevent child poverty, reduce educational inequality & increase child health
- Prevent persistent long-term unemployment & fight unemployment among young people
- Single parents: reform alimony law
- Welfare assistance: security for people with disabilities & introduce health impact assessment
- New means-tested minimum income that ensures livelihood, opportunities and social inclusion
- Include social human rights in the constitution
- Avert insolvency and private bankruptcy
- Invest in social housing
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