human development, social justice and sustainable social systems

Special issue

Minimum Income


In its decision to declare 20 February World Day of Social Justice, the UN recognised the need to eradicate poverty and to promote access to social well-being and justice for all. Today, more than 16 million men and women in the EU are unemployed and at least temporarily unable to generate an income out of economic activity. It is essential for this group, as well as for the society they live in, that they receive an adequate minimum income. A minimum income should enable people to escape from poverty. However, if a person has to spend his/her days trying to survive because the minimum income is too low, there is hardly any chance that s/he will be able to reconnect to the labour market.

This newsletter focuses on the need for an adequate minimum income as an essential element in a strategy to eradicate poverty and promote social justice.


The opinions expressed in the articles here are solely those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of Caritas Europa.

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