All EU countries are facing a critical shortage of housing. Well, except for Finland, for some reason. Nevertheless, a 2017 report by the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless shows that housing problems have reached crisis point in the vast majority of European countries. Young people in particular are struggling, with many stuck living with their parents and with little prospect of getting on the property ladder anytime soon.
Roughly half of young people in the EU currently spend more than 40% of their disposable income on housing. In some countries the situation is even more dire, with 78% of young people in Denmark and 65% in Germany spending over 40% of their disposable income on keeping a roof over their heads. Finland has apparently bucked the trend by investing in long-term programmes over the last two decades to provide more affordable housing and specialised support for vulnerable people.
So, how can we all be more like Finland? We had a comment sent in from Sherrie, who wants to see governments offer more affordable housing in Europe. So, what practical steps could EU governments do to tackle the problem of affordable housing?
To get a response, we spoke to Julien Dijol, Deputy Secretary General & Policy Coordinator at Housing Europe
Next up, we had a comment from Duncan, who blames Europe’s housing crisis on three things: a lack of space for new buildings, a lack of government investment, and immigration. Is he right?
Finally, we had a comment from Andrea who would like to see the EU do something about the housing crisis. Is this an area the EU can do anything about? Or is it more up to national governments?
How can Europe solve its housing crisis? What are the root causes of the housing crisis across the continent? Is this an area the EU can do anything about? Or is it more up to national governments? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!
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