The Global Challenge

According to World Bank data, some 1 billion people live in extreme poverty today. Even with its relative overall wealth, almost 25% of EU's population, or 122.6 million people, were at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2013, according to the EU's statistics office Eurostat. In 2013, more than a third of the EU population was at risk of poverty or social exclusion in five member states, including Bulgaria (48.0%), Romania (40.4%), Greece (35.7%), Latvia (35.1%) and Hungary (33.5%). Women and youth are at higher risk of poverty and unemployment and more often fall prey to human trafficking and modern-day slavery. According to the 2014 UN Global Slavery Index, there are an estimated 36 million people trapped in some form of slavery today.