• fr
  • en

People in rural areas more exposed to poverty

The European Parliamentary Research Service has published, in March 2017, a research briefing analyzing the mains drivers of rural poverty and social exclusion in the EU and the European policies and instruments to fight it.

The report presents statistics on rural poverty compared to urban poverty. Overall, in the European Union, people living in rural areas are more likely to be exposed to poverty and exclusion risk. Numbers show that rural poverty is slightly higher in rural areas (25,5% compared to 22,1% in towns and suburbs) with very contrasting situations across the continent as some countries (like Romania and Bulgaria) display a huge poverty gap between rural and urban areas. “In western countries, rural poverty seems to be concentrated in remote regions”, says the report.

cited in the report

The report also lists the factors considered to be the main drivers of rural poverty and social exclusion:

  • unfavourable demographic situation;
  • weaker labour market;
  • limited access to education; and
  • remoteness and rural isolation.

In addition, the report presents the specific groups at risk of poverty in rural areas (small farmers, the Roma and women) and the role of the Common Agricultural Policy in ensuring a decent standard of living for farmers (income support under the first pillar and rural development policy under the second pillar).

These numbers show that the access to education and to a proper job are necessary to get out of poverty and social exclusion. There is the need to develop the attractiveness of these rural areas and this is the reason why Euromontana  supports the need for a White Paper on Rurality to enable living conditions and standards in rural and mountain areas to reach a similar level than in urban areas.

To read the European Parliament research briefing: click here

7 July 2017

Euromontana sur Facebook

Unable to display Facebook posts.
Show error

Error: (#10) This endpoint requires the 'manage_pages' permission or the 'Page Public Content Access' feature. Refer to https://developers.facebook.com/docs/apps/review/login-permissions#manage-pages and https://developers.facebook.com/docs/apps/review/feature#reference-PAGES_ACCESS for details.
Type: OAuthException
Code: 10
Please refer to our Error Message Reference.

Euromontana sur Twitter

Active participation is key for better regulation
Have your say for the renewal of the #TerritorialAgenda. Take a few minutes to give your feedback and ideas on how to improve this document that is important for the European #Regions and #cities

The mountains are calling you! Contact us with your news, so we can spread the word that #MountainsMatter

Rural Europe: which way to go ? @jwojc @CiolosDacian @EricAndrieuEU les zones rurales sont facteur d'équilibre et de solutions pour la société @Euromontana

#ruralareas are on the top of the agenda tonight at the #EuropeanParliament with top decision-makers agreeing that we need to invest in rural future. "We have a new story to write for our rural areas, so they are part of the future of Europe" said @CiolosDacian in his opening.

Tonight MEPs and Commissioner @jwojc discuss perspectives for European #ruralareas. A common call for more synergies between the #CAP and cohesion policy, more investments in rural areas and a holistic & long term approach for the development of our territories

Load More...