AROPE refers to people at risk of poverty and/or social exclusion. According to the Europe 2020 Strategy, people at risk of poverty and/or social exclusion are those that are in at least one of the following three situations:
- At risk of poverty (income per consumption unit below 60% of the median equivalised disposable income).
- In households without employment or with low work intensity (households whose members of working age did so for less than 20% of their total work potential).
- Suffering severe material deprivation (experiencing at least four out of the following nine concepts: 1. Cannot afford to go away for one week’s holiday a year. 2. Cannot afford a meal containnig meat or fish at least every two days. 3. Cannot afford to keep the home adequately warm. 4. Cannot face unexpected expenses (of 650 euros). 5. Has fallen behind with payments related with the main residence (mortgage or rent, gas bills, community costs, etc.) or purchases by instalments in the last 12 months.6. Cannot afford to have a car. 7. Cannot afford to have a telephone. 8. Cannot afford to have a television. 9. Cannot afford to have a washing machine).