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Child Poverty in Luxembourg: The Unexpected Crisis

Child Poverty in LuxembourgLuxembourg may be known as one of the wealthiest European countries, but it is still struggling with child poverty. This is an issue that the country is working to address. Here’s some information about child poverty in Luxembourg.

The Current Child Poverty Situation in Luxembourg

Luxembourg boasts of having the highest average wage in the European Union (EU), but the cost of living is also proportionally high, leading to a higher poverty rate. Even with a relatively high income, a child living in Luxembourg may still experience financial struggles due to the country’s high living standards. In this situation, a child could potentially live in relative poverty.

The risk of poverty for children in Luxembourg is currently around 24.2%. Luxembourg also has a child deprivation rate of 8%. Around one in four children in Luxembourg does not have access to new clothes, an internet connection or the opportunity to participate in leisure activities. Findings determined that Luxembourg children who are the age of 18 and under are three times more likely to experience poverty than people over the age of 65.

One reason for the high rate of child poverty in Luxembourg is the inequality the country experiences. Households with single parents suffer higher taxation rates than families with two parents. One-fourth of single parents also use more than 40% of their income just to pay their rent. Being a single parent is one of the highest poverty risks in Luxembourg.

Children in low-income households in Luxembourg face reduced chances of acquiring an education, suffer more often from health problems and frequently experience psychological and social issues, as well as developmental delays. These children encounter limitations in almost all areas of life.

Poverty in Luxembourg is also generational. Children born into impoverished families tend to remain in poverty throughout their lives. Children born to parents addicted to drugs or alcohol often experience medical problems and require more medical care than the average child. However, their parents are typically unable to afford the medical care that they require.

Solutions

In 2021, the European Union launched the European Child Guarantee. The EU required all of its member countries to submit their Child Guarantee National Action Plans, including Luxembourg. Luxembourg’s plan focused on fighting child poverty in Luxembourg by providing education, health care services and housing for children living in poverty. It offers financial assistance to help cover the costs of childcare and education for children aged 0-12. Additionally, there are national mental health services available specifically for children.

Looking Ahead

By offering financial assistance for childcare and education and establishing dedicated mental health services for children, Luxembourg is making positive strides toward improving its young population’s well-being and future prospects. However, there are still challenges to overcome. But with such proactive measures in place, there is hope for a brighter future for children living in poverty in the country.

– Marisa Del Vecchio
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