The three countries of the European bloc with the highest rates of disabled population in this situation are Bulgaria (45.3%), Romania (44.2%) and Latvia (41.2%).
Almost three out of ten disabled people aged 16 or over are at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the European Union (EU), according to a report published by the Spanish State Observatory on Disability (OED), citing new data provided by the EU Statistical Office (Eurostat).
In particular, the document indicates that two years ago, 29.7% of the disabled population living in one of the countries of the community block was in this situation, compared to 18.8% of people without disabilities.
“These data on poverty and social exclusion in the union corroborate the special vulnerability of people with disabilities who are more exposed than people without disabilities to living in poverty and exclusion”, reads the text.
The three countries of the European bloc with the highest rates of the disabled population in this situation are Bulgaria (45.3%), Romania (44.2%) and Latvia (41.2%). Spain is in tenth place, with 33%, that is, three points above the European average.
Likewise, the OED details that 30.6% of women in the EU aged 16 or over with a disability were at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2021, compared to 28.5% of men. In the case of Europeans without disabilities, women represent 19.8% and men 17.8%.
Regarding age, the 35.9% of the disabled at risk of poverty and/or social exclusion have between 16 and 24 years. For their part, 34.4% and 34.5% of this group in the EU are aged between 25 and 34 and between 35 and 44, respectively.
Finally, the report highlights that since 2017 the European Union has experienced an upward trend in the rate of risk of poverty or social exclusion of this sector of the population, which has increased from 29.1%.