“When my children are not there, I don’t heat my apartment. For the food, I eat less. I don’t want them to feel that I don’t have money. I tighten my belts. The hardest part is that I cannot give them what I would like to,” explained Fabrice to Secours Catholique – Caritas France, a single father who shares custody of his three children and who lives off EUR1,100 per month.
Caritas Europa is concerned about the fate of the approximately 123 million people live in poverty in Europe and who, like Fabrice, struggle to make ends meet. Their situations are not the result of bad luck, but stem directly from the prevailing policies that prioritise economic recovery from the 2008 economic and financial crisis, instead of addressing the consequences this crisis is still having on millions of people across Europe.
“If Europe doesn’t change tack on austerity now, we’ll continue condemning the next generations to endemic poverty,” says Shannon Pfohman, Caritas Europa’s Head of Policy and Advocacy Unit.
“At Caritas Europa, we believe that Europe has the capacity and tools to not only lift 20 million poor out of poverty by 2020, as stipulated in the Europe 2020 Strategy, but to also truly move the 123 million people living in poverty out of this heinous trap,” said Shannon Pfohman.
This report is based on the findings of the national Caritas organisations in 21 European countries.
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