The Abbé Pierre foundation, of which Manuel Domergue is the director of studies, is sounding the alarm on the poverty which has spread dangerously since the economic crisis linked to coronavirus. On the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Saturday, Manuel Domergue was the guest of Frédéric Taddeï on Europe 1. He denounces a lack of mobilization of the government concerning the precariousness of young people, “the first category affected by crisis”.
Appeal to the government
“The government is not mobilizing at all” for precarious young people, he lamented, while the latter are among the most disadvantaged people. “We do not have the impression of being really heard,” he said, noting all the same the efforts made by the state since the start of this crisis.
“But each time, the poorest are always forgotten. There are help coming, but late and very weak.” When Macron announces, in his speech on Wednesday, that “there will be aid of 150 euros for peopleonnes to the RSA and the APL, it was false “, recalled the director of studies. Those which touch the APL, in fact, will not ultimately be concerned by the measure.
Students and young people between 18 and 25 years old, not eligible for the RSA, thus find themselves “with nothing” notes Manuel Domergue, who wishes to raise the alarm on “this particular category which is the first affected by this crisis and the least well compensated. by the government”.
Some “end up on the street”
In France, a young person aged 18 to 25, French or foreign, can benefit from the RSA for young workers, but only if he can justify a certain length of professional activity. “When you are young and you are precarious, you do not have this certain period of professional activity. When you have no diploma, no job and no family help in France and you have less 25 years old, you have nothing ”, asserts Manuel Domergue.
A problematic situation since without any help, many of these young people, unless they count on solidarity between friends and the squat, notes Manuel Domergue, “end up on the street”. Not to mention that the crisis aggravates an already present precariousness. “Before confinement, a young person who managed to motivate himself to take the step, to reintegrate, could find small jobs here or there, declared and not declared. Today, there is nothing”, recalls the director studies from the Abbé Pierre foundation.
“How do you want to find them accommodation in the private sector or in the public housing park with zero euros? Nobody takes people with zero euros. So it’s either the street or sometimes emergency accommodation. It’s extremely scandalous. And today, we have the impression that the government is not mobilizing at all for this category. ”