The economic crisis has reshaped the lives of millions of European citizens. But how has it affected families with children? Children are more at risk of poverty or social exclusion than the overall population in a large majority of EU countries; hence, it is important to understand how the crisis has affected the households in which these children grow up. This report describes the changing quality of life across the EU for different types of families with children and compares their living standards and social situation. Grouping the EU Member States into four categories on the basis of the flexibility or otherwise of their family policies, it also examines potential patterns that may be related to different family policy approaches. Themes that emerge from the findings include the particular challenges facing lone parents, the greater difficulties facing jobless families since the onset of the crisis, and the increasing extent of conflict parents experience in seeking to balance their work and family lives
This survey,conducted since 2004, focus on how citizens perceive quality of life in their home cities. For this survey, 41.000 people have been interviewed in 79 cities and 4 urban agglomerations. Via a range of questions, citizens were asked to express their views on various aspects of urban life. How do they assess the quality of services such as public transport, health care, education, cultural and sport facilities? Do they consider migration as an asset for their city? How do they perceive job availability or affordable housing in their cities? Are people satisfied with the place they live, the life they lead, or the financial situation of their household? Looking at this latest edition with previous surveys, we can see how perceptions are changing over time. All capital cities have been surveyed, allowing for some interesting comparisons. Overall, it is good to see that 80% of Europeans are satisfied with life in their city. Public spaces, green areas, cleanliness and the feeling of safety generally score high. However, on many questions, the picture is more mixed. The results reveal the strengths of some cities and the difficulties encountered by others. There are still wide disparities between cities and even countries on how their inhabitants view the quality of life in certain areas. Some negative developments point to the impact of the economic crisis on people's well-being and on cities' financial resources.