According to INE data for 2019, there are 2.2 million Portuguese people at risk of poverty or social exclusion, the most affected being families with three or more dependent children and those in which children live with a single adult. In 2018, 17.2% of the Portuguese population lived on less than 501 euros per month.
Also according to INE data, in 2018 the Northern Region of Portugal had an unemployment rate of 7.3%, higher than Portugal's rate of 7%.
According to the IEFP, in December 2018, 137,025 people were unemployed in the northern region of Portugal, with 7.6% of these belonging to the municipalities of the Douro region.
As to youth unemployment, in the same period, there were 13 926 unemployed young people (under 25 years old) in the North region, representing Douro 8.34% of this total.
We also remind that in 2018 the youth unemployment rate was 20.3% compared to an average rate for the 28 European Union countries of 15.2% (source: OECD), in the same period.
"Children growing up in poverty or social exclusion are less likely than their better-off peers to do well in school, enjoy good health and realize their full potential later in life”.
EUROPEAN COMISSION| 2013