Tuesday, December 02, 2014



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Institute for Workplace Studies-----------------Professor Samuel B. Bacharach

School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell University

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European Commission



Press Release 2 December 2014

Situation of people with disabilities in the EU

Fewer than 1 in 2 disabled adults were in employment in the EU28 in 2011

And almost a third at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2013


[full-text, 6 pages]


Around 44 million people aged 15 to 64 in the European Union (EU28) have reported a disability1, often preventing them from taking part fully in society and the economy.

Whether in the labour market, in the education system or for social inclusion indicators, the situation of disabled persons in the EU28 is less favourable than

that of nondisabled people.


Persons with disabilities had a more limited access to the labour market in the EU28 in 2011: while the employment

rate2 of people aged 15 to 64 without disability was 66.9%, this rate was much lower (47.3%) for those with

disabilities. The pattern was the same for access to education and lifelong learning in the EU28: the participation

rate in education and training2 of non-disabled people aged 25-64 was 9.8% in 2011, compared with 6.9% for those

with disabilities. The gap existing between non-disabled and disabled persons was also noticeable for social

inclusion: while the at-risk of poverty or social exclusion rate2 was just over 20% for non-disabled people aged 16

and over (21.4%) in the EU28 in 2013, this share stood at almost 30% for disabled persons (29.9%).


On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities3, on 3 December, Eurostat, the statistical

office of the European Union, issues data on the economic and social integration of persons with disabilities in

the EU28 Member States. This News Release is complemented with several Eurostat publications4

, containing data on a larger range of indicators.





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