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Think differently. Humanitarian impacts of the economic crisis in Europe

Think differently. Humanitarian impacts of the economic crisis in Europe

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This report presents an overview of the humanitarian impact of the economic crisis in Europe and Central Asia, five years on. It shows that problems caused will be felt for decades even if the economy turns for the better in the near future, and calls for a collective effort to think and act in a different way in order to adjust to the new scenario.
This report presents an overview of the humanitarian impact of the economic crisis in Europe and Central Asia, five years on. It shows that problems caused will be felt for decades even if the economy turns for the better in the near future, and calls for a collective effort to think and act in a different way in order to adjust to the new scenario.

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Think differently 
Humanitarianimpacts of theeconomic crisisin Europe
 
© International Federation of Red Crossand Red Crescent Societies, Geneva, 2013
Copies o all or part o this study may be made or noncommercial use,providing the source is acknowledged The IFRC would appreciate re-ceiving details o its use. Requests or commercial reproduction shouldbe directed to the IFRC at secretariat@irc.org. The opinions and recommendations expressed in this study do not nec-essarily represent the ofcial policy o the IFRC or o individual NationalRed Cross or Red Crescent Societies. The designations and maps useddo not imply the expression o any opinion on the part o the InternationalFederation or National Societies concerning the legal status o a territoryor o its authorities. All photos used in this study are copyright o the IFRCunless otherwise indicated. Cover photo: Belgian Red Cross.For additional copies please contact zone.europe@irc.orgP.O. Box 303CH-1211 Geneva 19Switzerland Telephone: +41 22 730 4222 Teleax: +41 22 733 0395E-mail: secretariat@irc.orgWeb site: www.irc.org
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 Acknowledgements
The IFRC would like to acknowledge invaluable contributions in terms o responses, stories, photos and cases romNational Societies in the Europe zone with special thanks to Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Georgia, Greece, Italy,Kyrgyzstan, Montenegro, Spain and Sweden.Additional thanks to members o the National Society Advisory Group, to the Finnish Red Cross who has provided exten-sive support in drating the report and the production o the video ‘In a Better World’ (included with this publication), andto the Danish Red Cross, who has assisted obtaining the statistics.The IFRC would also like to thank the Hungarian Government or the fnancial support to the production o this report.
 
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Table of contents
Foreword 2
fv as o: fom ba to wos 5
Trend 1. The poor getting poorer 9
World reduces poverty - Europe adds to it 9Spain: down, but not out 11Italy: homelessness becoming a one way street 12
Trend 2. The new poor 19
Spiralling down into poverty 19Montenegro: when the invisible became visible 21Bulgaria: it is worst or the children 22
Trend 3.
Wag at 29
Cuts can be expensive 29Georgia: helping elderly out o isolation 33Greece: a patient and a gentleman 35
Trend 4.
Mgato a mobt 37
Earning money at a price 37Sweden: Red Cross deends migrants’ rights 38Moldova: “We need ve more years in Italy” 42
Trend 5.
Umpomt 45
Dignity and desperation 45France:
Service Civique
opens new doors 46Belgium: counting every euro 52
dag wt t css 54
Iceland: switching into disaster mode 54Serbia: Food, tolerance and sel-help 55Spain: Now more than ever 56
rcommatos a commtmts 59i a Btt Wo 61Soucs 62

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