Recipe book for integration
Compiled with the enriching support of colleagues across the Caritas network, the aim of this online toolkit is to contribute to creating a “culture of encounter” towards fostering integration and more cohesive societies. The toolkit targets local communities – Caritas teams, parish groups, volunteers and others – and it provides some basic steps that can be collectively undertaken to build synergies between local services, actors, stakeholders, citizens, migrants and refugees in order to address biases, stereotypes and everyday practices that distance migrants from local community members and hinder their social and economic inclusion.
The toolkit is divided into three parts for preparing and creating a culture of encounter by drawing on positive experiences already implemented at the grassroots level. It starts by presenting facts and figures about migrants in Europe then moves on to practical explanations, drawing on intercultural communication and anti-bias concepts to present some useful tips for engaging in successful communication and intercultural dialogue. The third part illustrates some promising “recipes for encounter” collected from local Caritas organisations.
This toolkit is also available in Croatian and Spanish.

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Social Economy
Putting people before profits benefits everyone!

Social economy is an innovative and more effective way to respond to social needs in comparison with traditional approaches. Alongside specific actions addressed to vulnerable individuals and families, social economy activates multilevel synergies that seek solutions on issues of collective interest. This makes it possible to go beyond the care perspective, activating reciprocity practices, and at the same time producing both social and economic value.

Social Policy (Cares Series)

Europe's youth between hope and dispairCares Series
Europe's youth - Between hope and dispair

Eurostat reports that 3 out of 10 young people in Europe live in or at risk of poverty. The findings of Caritas’ survey confirm the increasing situation of precariousness that Europe’s youth is facing. The tools and opportunities accessible for young people to live a dignified life are not the same across Member States. The young people behind the statistics, their parents and, in many cases, their children are suffering from structural obstacles that condemn them to remain in a vicious circle of social exclusion and deprivation.

With this report, Caritas Europa coins a new profile of young working-poors, the SINKIES: Single Income, No Kids. This term refers to young couples without children who are both working-poor and barely earn the equivalent of a single income when their wages are combined. SINKIES, as opposed to DINKIES, a term coined in the 1980s to describe couples earning a double income who chose to be childless, SINKIES might wish to have children but simply cannot afford it.

The report is also available in Czech and Portuguese.

Europe's youth - Between hope and despair is based on a survey that 16 national Caritas organisations have conducted in their country. The results are reflected in the following country reports:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, CyprusCzech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, GreeceIreland, Italy, LuxembourgMalta, Portugal, Romania and the United Kingdom.


Social justice and equality in Europe - is possible!Cares Series
Social justice and equality in Europe - is possible!

This publication is Caritas' roadmap that lays the 3 main building blocks of our vision for resilient social models in Europe that provide for the well-being of all people: family, inclusive labour market, and social security. Caritas' vision is based on the analysis of social realities on the ground. In the publication, Caritas also shows how its recommendations are aligned with the European Social Charter, the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, and the Sustainable Development goals.
The report is available in the following languages: Bulgarian, CroatianEnglish, French, German and Spanish.
For more information visit our special website caritascares.eu


 End poverty in Europe - Our solutions to make it happenCares Series
End poverty in Europe - Our solutions to make it happen

The 1st in the new Caritas Cares Report series, this report contributes to the European debate on the role of welfare as a poverty preventing tool.
In End poverty in Europe - Our solutions to make it happen, Caritas Europa exposes the results of a research conducted by national Caritas organisations in 21 European countries. It identifies who are the groups of population that are most at risk of poverty, what rights do they have limited access to and how efficient are national policies to stop poverty.
In the report, Caritas Europa concludes that Europe must stop focusing on austerity measures aimed at reaching economic growth without considering the social impact they are inflicting on the population. To address this situation, Caritas Europa proposes a series of recommendations based on existing tools at national and European level that, if applied fullly, would contribute to lift millions of people out of poverty.

This report is also available in French and German.

End poverty in Europe is based on the findings from the following national reports:
Austria | Bulgaria | Cyprus | Czech Republic | Finland | France |Germany (auch auf Deutsch) | Ireland | Italy | Latvia | Luxembourg | Malta | Netherlands | Portugal | Romania | Slovakia | Slovenia | United Kingdom

For more information visit our special website caritascares.eu


Crisis Monitoring Report 2015
Poverty and Inequalities on the rise

After over 6 years of economic crisis poor people are still paying for a crisis they did not cause, and the poor are getting poorer.
Facts talk for themselves about the appalling social state of Europe:

  • Poverty and inequalities are increasing in Europe. 123 million EU citizens are living in poverty, almost 1 in 4.
  • More than 1/3 of the population in five EU Member States are at risk of poverty or social exclusion (i.e. Bulgaria 48%, Romania 40.4%, Greece 35.7%, Latvia 35.1%, and Hungary 33.5%).
  • 1 in 3 children, or more, live in poverty in 14 of the 28 EU countries.
  • There are serious gaps in the social welfare systems of many European countries.

The report’s conclusions are based on the unique grass-roots life testimonies that Caritas organisations witness through their work with the poor.

A summary of the report is available in: German | French | Portuguese | Spanish |Download this report | Read it on ISSUU


Shadow Report 2014 - Europe2020: Where are we now and what way forward?Europe 2020 Shadow Report 2014
Europe 2020: Where are we now and what way forward?
This is the edition 2014 of the yearly Shadow Report on Europe 2020 that Caritas Europa has been issuing since 2011.
In this report, Caritas Europa looks at the state of poverty in the European Union, 5 years on since decision-makers committed on poverty reduction and employment growth.
The report is based on facts and figures from official statistical bodies, like Eurostat, and on witnesses, facts and figures from national Caritas organisations dealing with people in poverty on daily basis.
27 European Caritas organisations from the European Union have contributed to the report. 

Europe 2020: Where are we now is based on the findings from the following national reports: Austria | Belgium | Bulgaria | Croatia | Cyprus | Czech Republic | Denmark | Estonia | Finland | France | Germany | Greece | Italy | Ireland | Latvia | Lithuania | Luxembourg | Malta | Netherlands | Poland | Portugal | Romania | Slovakia | Slovenia | Spain | Sweden | United Kingdom

Caritas Finland's country summary available in original language: Finland - Summary | Finland - Country report


Listen to the voice of the children living in povertyChild Poverty Report 2014
Listen to the Voices of Children in Poverty

In compiling this publication Caritas Europa wanted to give voice to some of the children and young people across Europe who are living in poverty. This is therefore not a statistical analysis of child poverty. It is, however, worth remembering that according to Eurostat figures in 2012, 28.1% of children (aged 0-17) in the EU-28 were at risk of poverty or social exclusion.


Missing the train for inclusive growth - Shadow Report 2012 of Europe 2020Crisis Monitoring Report 2014
The European Crisis and its Human Cost

This Crisis Monitoring Report is an in-depth analysis on how the crisis is addressed in Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Romania and Spain. In this report, Caritas Europa assesses whether political and economic decisions may reduce – or increase the impact
on large impoverishing segments of the population.

Also available in:  Greek | Greek (Cyprus chapter)Italian | German | French | Romanian


Missing the train for inclusive growth - Shadow Report 2012 of Europe 2020Europe 2020 Shadow Report 2013
Missing the Train for Inclusive Growth - Time is running out

Assessment of the 2013 National Reform Programmes and proposals for the Annual Growth Survey, Country Specific Recommendations and national policies. 

Country Summaries: Austria | Belgium | Bulgaria | Croatia | Cyprus | Estonia | Finland | France | Germany | Greece | Ireland | Italy | Lithuania | Luxembourg | Malta | Poland | Portugal | Romania | Slovakia | Slovenia | Spain | Sweden | United Kingdom

Country Summaries in national languages are available for: Belgium | Bulgaria | Croatia | Cyprus | France | Germany | Greece | Italy | Lithuania | Luxembourg | Romania | Slovenia | Spain

Shadow Report Summary and recommendations in national languages are available in: Bulgarian | FrenchGerman | Greek | Italian | Lithuanian | Romanian | Spanish


The Future of the Welfare State - A comparative study in EU-countriesStudy on European Welfare systems
The Future of the Welfare State

A comparative study in EU-countries

“The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or
of races, but the happiness of common man” once said Sir William Beveridge.
Replace 'happiness' with 'welfare, prosperity and the common good' and I
totally agree with the founder of the British welfare state and his memorable
report on 'Social Insurance and Allied Services' from 1942." - Writes Jean Claude Juncker in the preface of this publication.

Hard copies of this book are available at the Lambertus Book Store for €24,90


The impact of the European crisisCrisis Monitoring Report 2013
The Impact of the European Crisis
This publication is a comprehensive, timely and in-depth study on the impacts of the economic crisis and austerity policies on the most vulnerable people of the European Union. The Report has a special focus on the five EU Member States most-affected by the crisis – Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

The report’s findings are grounded not just in empirical research but most importantly in the practical work carried out by Caritas member organisations in the five countries.


Missing the train for inclusive growth - Shadow Report 2012 of Europe 2020Europe 2020 Shadow Report 2012
Missing the Train for Inclusive Growth

As it did in 2011, Caritas Europa presents its assessment of the National Reform Programmes and
Europe 2020 Strategy implementation. This report aims to address several key aspects related
to the social dimension of Europe 2020 Strategy from the perspective of 23 Caritas Europa
Network organisations. It proposes the areas that should be reflected among the priorities of the
2013 Annual Growth Survey as well as the recommendations regarding the European Semester
process and steering it better towards achieve the Europe 2020 employment growth, poverty
reduction and educational targets.


Child Poverty - Caritas Europa ten pack of recommendationsChild Poverty
Caritas Europa's ten-pack of recommendations

Children who grow up in poverty or social exclusion are less likely to reach their full potential. ey run a higher risk of being unemployed and living in persistent poverty as adults. Specic groups of children are at high risk of more severe or extreme poverty. For this reason they need particular attention. In Europe alone there are more than 20 million of children at risk of poverty. is number is growing as a direct result of the economic crisis. Many of the services on which children at risk of poverty depend - including public health, education and childcare services - have experienced signicant cutbacks since the crisis began.


Child Poverty - Good practices from Caritas projects in EuropeChild Poverty
Good Practices from Caritas' Projects in Europe

This publication follows and is related to the previous publication on Child and Family Poverty, "Navigating safe passage through the labyrinth of poverty" made by Caritas Europa in October 2010. It represents a «collection of best practices» of the Caritas work with children and families living in or at risk of poverty in almost all countries of Europe, showing how Caritas projects provide children and families with the resources necessary to find their way out of the "labyrinth of poverty".


Child Poverty: State of Play in Europe 2011Child Poverty
State of Play in Europe 2011

Caritas Europa monitoring and assessment of the situation of child poverty in Europe in 2011.
Child poverty and social exclusion, although different in shade and form, are problems that all
European states have in common. In most countries, the risk of being affected by poverty and
social exclusion is greater for children than for adults. Child poverty is recognised as a multi-
dimensional problem which requires urgent action in the fields of social, economic, health,
environmental and cultural policies. Growing up in poverty may affect every area of a child’s
development and may have severe long-term consequences, restraining children from achieving
their full potential; adversely affecting their health; inhibiting their personal development, education and general well-being.


Poverty Among UsZero Poverty
Poverty among us

The divide between the so-called poor people and those who are living in wealth is artificial and mainly man-made. The actual financial and economic crisis is deepening and sharpening that divide. This divide is harmful to the society as a whole and to each single person. Nobody should live in poverty because of unjust structures or unfair conditions. “Zero poverty” is our moral claim. Caritas therefore believes that our societies need a new framework in which human rights are fully
acknowledged and protected not because of sheer legal necessity, but because of the recognised dignity of the human person who is the source and the end of all rights and obligations.

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Migration and Asylum (M-Series)

Welcome - Migrants make Europe strongerM-Series
Welcome - Migrants make Europe stronger

With this publication Caritascasts the spotlight on the “barriers” that prevent millions of migrants from becoming full-fledged members of the European societies in which they live. These barriers are robbing migrants of their dignity and Europe of their potential contributions to further boost Europe’s social, cultural and economic score.

The report is available in the following languages: English, French, German and Italian.

Download the presentation leaflet.


Migrants and refugees have rights! - Impact of EU policies on accessing protection

This report highlights the tragedy hundreds of thousands of people face when seeking protection in Europe. Women, men and children escaping war, repression and violation of human rights often turn to Europe in the hope of finding a safe haven. But many are instead confronted with bureaucratic hurdles, denial of protection and inconsistent reception standards across Europe. For the first time, this report brings together all aspects of migration. It looks at access to international protection, non-refoulement, family reunification, labour migration and irregular migration from a humane perspective.

Download this report | Read it on ISSUU


Follow the red thread of migration

This publication is a poster and a handbook that answers to the question "why does the EU need to change its approach to migration?" by combining real testimonies from people who risked their life to reach Europe, and facts and figures from what policies say, how budgets are allocated in Europe and what Caritas proposes. 

Download your copy:
български | češtině | Deutsch | English | Ελληνική | Español | Français | Italiano | Magyar | Nederlands | Română | Pусский | Yкраїнській

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International Development

Engaging in the Agenda 2030 thorugh the lens of Laudato Si'Sustainable Development Goals
Engaging in the Agenda 2030 through the lens of Laudato Si´

Pope Francis invites us all to a dialogue. This document is written in that spirit: to stimulate discussion within our organisations and with other development actors about a more integral human development and to help us articulate what we mean by progress. 

Available in: English


Food Security Report 2014
The EU's Role to End Hunger by 2025

The imperative of securing access to food for all, especially for the most vulnerable, is recognised worldwide and is at the top of the agenda for national, European and international policies. This report is aimed at showing Caritas’s support for this idea and giving evidence for its advocacy work towards European Institutions on the Food Security debate. This report is aimed both at giving evidence for Caritas Europa’s position so as to influence EU policies on food in a coherent and comprehensive manner.

Also available in: French



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Humanitarian Aid

Bridging the Gap between Policies and PracticeHumanitarian Aid
Bridging the Gap between Policies and Practice

This report uses the European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid (adopted in 2007)
as a policy framework to examine adherence to humanitarian principles on the part of the European Union and its Member States. Caritas Europa, a network of 49 Caritas organisations on the European continent, hopes that it provides a useful contribution to on-going debates around the humanitarian principles in the context of, and the challenges posed by, a fast changing EU institutional environment.

Also available in: German | French

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Capacity Building

Fundamentals for Caritas Europa
Poverty Observatory Handbook

This publication aims at presenting this concept of the combined method of listening, observing and discerning and how it is implemented in various ways by Caritas organisations, depending on their situation.


Also available in: French and German



Caritas Europa Advocacy HandbookFundamentals for Caritas Europa
Advocacy Handbook

During the last 15 years, European Caritas organisations have coordinated advocacy efforts towards the national governments and the European institutions on several issues affecting the most vulnerable. In this handbook, Caritas organisation in Europe share their achievements and what they understand by advocacy and how they implement it.


Also available in: BulgarianGerman | EnglishGreek | French CroatianDutch | Polish | RomanianRussian | Slovenian | Ukrainian