Europe: multi-generational families, increased deprivation
- Nearly 50% of Europe’s young live with their parents, which has sobering social & demographic implications for Europe.
- The social surveys of 28 European countries revealed that people aged 18-30 living with their parents rose to 48% by 2011, in tandem with surging levels of deprivation and unemployment during 5 yrs of economic crisis.
- In countries like Sweden, Denmark, France, Belgium and Austria the numbers have risen (not exclusive to the debt-laden Mediterranean rim). In Italy, nearly 79% of young adults were living with their parents.
- Multi-generational households have low life satisfaction and a high level of deprivation and perceived social exclusion.
- The trend for parental dependency cannot be solely explained by increases in number of people studying later into their lives, as millions more 25-to 29-year- olds also found to be living with their parents.
- European leaders should implement concrete measures & young European adults need not be discriminated against on the basis in matters of social security spending
- 49% of Europe’s young adults were living in households which experienced some form of deprivation. In 2011, 27 % were living in “mid level” deprivation — unable to replace worn out furniture, invite friends over, struggle to heat their home or afford to take an annual holiday.
- The rise in deprivation for young adults was worst in countries such as Greece (+15 points) Spain (+20) & U.K. (+10).
- The European Quality of Life Survey featuring 7,300 young adults reports a growing trend of multi-generational households with parents increasingly having to house both their children and their grandchildren.
- Demographic changes in Europe
- Mid-level deprivation
- Multi-generational Household