European children more at risk of poverty

As the saying goes: Tear down the borders and you will lift a thousand fortresses. As the European Union wonders about the merits of its borders in the face of migratory pressure, new, insidious frontiers have come to the heart of Europe.

The German reflexive Circle Bertelsmann Stiftung has recently alerted the European authorities to the social and generational fractures that are widening in Europe.

According to this report, 26 million of minors would be threatened with poverty or social exclusion in Europe, representing an increase of 1.5% in eight years. In the countries of Southern Europe (Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal), child poverty increased by 5.1% and hit 1,160,000 children and adolescents. Hungary, which is suffering the full brunt of migratory flows, has 41.4% of minors living in poverty.

Considering that European children are more at risk of poverty, that, according to the principle of proximity of any good ruler, "well-ordered charity begins with its citizens" and, finally, that this appreciation does not refer to any postulate of exclusion, but Responds to the contrary to the requirement of good administration, does the Commission envisage a moratorium on immigration within the Union, in view of the otherwise compelling reasons cited above?

Commission Response:

The Commission recognizes that migration not only offers opportunities, but also challenges. The European migration Agenda adopted by the Commission in May 2015 presents a series of substantive measures to be implemented in the short and medium term, so that a clear and coherent EU common policy can be put in place in the field of migrant and asylum. In its communication of 10 February 2016 on the status of implementation of the priority actions foreseen in the European migration agenda, the Commission outlined the priority actions to be carried out in the weeks and months to come to To assist in the effective management of the refugee crisis, particularly with regard to the protection of migrant children. The Commission also supports the efforts of Member States to promote the integration of third-country nationals in order to ensure that migration benefits both the host societies and the migrants themselves.

With regard to people fleeing war and persecution and seeking asylum, including many children, the European Union has both the legal obligation, enshrined in international law and the Law of the Union, and the moral duty to ensure their protection. In 2013, the Commission adopted the recommendation entitled ' Investing in children to break the vicious circle of inequality ', which calls on Member States to intensify their investment in family and child policies. The political responses to child poverty are also the subject of regular discussions with the Member States in the framework of the European semester process and have led to country recommendations in many cases.