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Absolute Poverty in EuropeInterdisciplinary Perspectives on a Hidden Phenomenon$
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Helmut Gaisbauer, Gottfried Schweiger, and Clemens Sedmak

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447341284

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447341284.001.0001

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The uncounted poor in EU-SILC: a statistical profile of the income and living conditions of homeless people, undocumented immigrants and travellers in Belgium

The uncounted poor in EU-SILC: a statistical profile of the income and living conditions of homeless people, undocumented immigrants and travellers in Belgium

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(p.73) 4 The uncounted poor in EU-SILC: a statistical profile of the income and living conditions of homeless people, undocumented immigrants and travellers in Belgium
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Absolute Poverty in Europe
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Ides Nicaise

Ingrid Schockaert

Tuba Bircan

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447341284.003.0004

Whereas official poverty rates and related indicators based on EU-SILC are now widely used in national and EU-level policy documents, some of the most vulnerable groups are de facto excluded from such panels. This chapter reports the findings of a pilot of ‘satellite surveys’ to EU-SILC among homeless people, undocumented immigrants and travellers in Belgium, using simplified versions of the EU-SILC questionnaires so that comparisons can be made with the ‘mainstream’ EU-SILC data. Despite the small sample sizes of our satellite surveys and doubts concerning their representativeness, our findings do provide useful insights into on the relative severity as well as some key dimensions of poverty (education, income, family life, work, housing and health) among these hidden high-risk groups. They also demonstrate the feasibility of such satellite surveys, using simplified, multilingual and more flexible questionnaires. We therefore recommend an extension of this approach to all EU-countries as well as to other high-risk groups, and a systematic replication at regular time intervals.

Keywords:   hidden poverty, homelessness, undocumented immigrants, travellers, dual survey design, EU-SILC

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