Starting point: an analysis of the situation

Before we describe the social inclusion policies to be implemented, we should mention the analyses of the situation in Barcelona to discover the facts and dynamics that give rise to social exclusion and how they affect people.

Below is a summary of the most significant facts from the Inclusion Plan:

Lack of opportunities for young people

A rise in job insecurity and in the number of young people who neither study nor work.

An ageing population living longer

Two out of ten people in Barcelona are over the age of 65.

More dependent people

The city needs to adapt to our senior citizens and continue implementing the Act on Care for People in Situations of Dependency.

Difficulties in integrating people with disabilities

Such people are especially vulnerable to social exclusion because they often need assistance in their daily activities.

Change in the migration paradigm

Immigration has tailed off, resulting in a number of priorities as it is the immigrants who have been hit hardest by the consequences of the crisis.

More single people

3 out of every 10 households in Barcelona are single-person
households. One third of over-65s live alone.

Social inequalities are on the rise

There is a general impoverishment of the middle class.

Job insecurity is on the rise

Most employment contracts signed in 2011 were temporary, many being for periods of under a month.

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A greater number of people who are long-term unemployed and not receiving benefits

The number of people who have been out of work for over a year is on the increase while the number of unemployed people receiving benefits or allowances is falling.

Increased risk of poverty

The economic crisis affects a large part of society and many families are suffering its consequences.

Housing insecurity

The number of families with problems paying their mortgage or rent is on the rise.

Failure at school continues unabated

The drop-out rate in fourth-year secondary schools remains very high, at 15%. We need to keep in mind that secondary education is the gateway to the labour market in suitable conditions.

Alcohol addiction is increasing

Alcohol is responsible for more first visits to the Drug Counselling Service than any other drug.

No shared responsibility in balancing work with family life

Women still have difficulties in balancing their work with their family and personal lives.

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It is a reality that confirms the need for work towards a more inclusive and cohesive Barcelona, where everyone enjoys the same opportunities for welfare and quality of life.