human development, social justice and sustainable social systems

New Caritas study

Europe must break the inter-generational transmission of poverty

A new Caritas study on the situation of young people in the Czech Republic confirms that poverty is inherited and maintains young people stemming from disadvantaged backgrounds trapped in poverty. The most common poverty-related situations that young people in Czech Republic are facing are indebtedness and homelessness.

Young single mothers are especially affected by indebtedness related poverty. As much as one third of them have difficulties in covering their family’s budget and some 56% of them have at least one loan or another type of debt. Regarding homelessness, some 68,500 people are homeless in Czech Republic today, and some 119,000 being at risk of losing their homes.

No one is responsible for the socio-economic situation of the family into which one is born. Therefore, everyone should receive proper help to overcome this struggle. Caritas Czech Republic is playing this role. It helps individuals to recover their dignity and self-sufficiency. It also advocates a fair societal model that enables excluded people to integrate society and develop their full potential.

Lukáš Curylo, Director of Caritas Czech Republic

The Czech study, conducted by Caritas Czech Republic’s Research Team, is part of a wider European comparative study that Caritas Europa as coordinated in 16 European countries and that will be presented in March 2018.

The 16 studies are showing that poverty is still hampering many young people from fully integrate and contribute to their society. The policies put in place to tackle the economic crisis of 2008 are still in place and have steadily eroded the European welfare model as we know it. 10 years after, Caritas organisations across Europe are witnessing the impact that these policies are having on many members of our societies, especially young people.

Addressing youth poverty should be a priority for decision makers. Young people are our future, so we have to give them opportunities in the present. Their situation has deep implications for the future of Europe’s social cohesion, social models and social protection systems

Jorge Nuño Mayer, Secretary General of Caritas Europa

Notes to editor

  • Caritas Czech Republic’s study on youth poverty is available here:
  • The study has been undertaken during the course of 2017 in the following 16 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, GreeceIreland, Italy, LuxembourgMalta, Portugal, Romania and the United Kingdom
  • Caritas Portugal will present its study on 27 February 2018
  • Caritas Europa will present the comprehensive European study in March 2018
  • The Caritas study has received financial support from the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation “EaSI” (2014-2020). For further information please consult:

Caritas Europa is a network of 49 member organisations in 46 European countries and one of the 7 regions of Caritas Internationalis. Our members assist and provide services to millions of people in need. Caritas Europa aims at lifting people out of poverty by empowering them and by influencing unjust structures and unfair policies that keep people trapped in positions of disempowerment.

Caritas Czech Republic helps families, men, women and children regardless of their age, belief or country of origin. Throughout the country, Caritas Czech Republic provides 822 registered social services, 85 health services and 329 services of a different kind. In the Czech Republic in 2016, Caritas Czech Republic registered a total of 135,171 persons in all these services. For young people and families, Caritas Czech Republic runs 40 asylum homes for parents with children in distress (2016 families / 3 393 users), 4 half-way houses (78 users), 69 low-threshold facilities for children and youth (9 389 users) and 59 social activation services for families with children (2 444 users). Learn more about Caritas Czech Republic:


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