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In the first decade of the 21st Century                                         

Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

This stable, high-income economy - benefiting from its proximity to France, Belgium, and Germany - has historically featured solid growth, low inflation, and low unemployment. The industrial sector, initially dominated by steel, has become increasingly diversified to include chemicals, rubber, and other products.

Agriculture is based on small family-owned farms. The economy depends on foreign and cross-border workers for about 60% of its labor force. Although Luxembourg, like all EU members, suffered from the global economic slump in the early part of this decade, the country continues to enjoy an extraordinarily high standard of living - GDP per capita ranks third in the world, after Liechtenstein and Qatar.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]


CAUTION:  The following links and accompanying text have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in Luxembourg.  Some of these links may lead to websites that present allegations that are unsubstantiated or even false.  No attempt has been made to validate their authenticity or to verify their content.



If you are looking for material to use in a term-paper, you are advised to scan the postings on this page and others to see which aspect(s) of street life are of particular interest to you.  You might be interested in exploring how children got there, how they survive, and how some manage to leave the street.  Perhaps your paper could focus on how some street children abuse the public and how they are abused by the public … and how they abuse each other.  Would you like to write about market children? homeless children?  Sexual and labor exploitation? begging? violence? addiction? hunger? neglect? etc.  There is a lot to the subject of Street Children.  Scan other countries as well as this one.  Draw comparisons between activity in adjacent countries and/or regions.  Meanwhile, check out some of the Term-Paper resources that are available on-line.


Check out some of the Resources for Teachers attached to this website.


Good Practices in the Fight against Poverty and Social Exclusion

René Kneip, Luxembourg representative to the board of directors, Fédération Européenne d'Associations Nationales Travaillant avec les Sans-Abri (European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless) FEANTSA

[accessed 9 Aug  2013]

There are about 200 homeless people in Luxembourg, including the users of the night shelter, at a given date.  This figure naturally does not take account of the sizeable turnover among the homeless population in Luxembourg.  With such experiences behind it, the State of Luxembourg should continue to develop other structures along these lines, such as a night shelter for homeless drug addicts.


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Human Rights Reports » 2005 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 8, 2006

[accessed 9 February 2020]

CHILDREN - The government was strongly committed to children's rights and welfare. The law mandates school attendance from 4 through 15 years of age, and school attendance is universal through that age. Schooling was free through the secondary level, and the government provided some financial assistance for postsecondary education. Most students complete high school.

Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 28 January 2005

[accessed 18 February 2011]

[16] The Committee considers that statistical data are crucial for the monitoring and evaluation of progress achieved and impact assessment of policies concerning children. In this respect, while noting that the State party is conscious of this problem and of the negative impact on its policies, the Committee is concerned that insufficient statistical data are available on the situation of children, especially those belonging to the most vulnerable groups, including unaccompanied and separated refugee and asylum-seeking children.

[50] The Committee notes with satisfaction that refugee and asylum-seeking children have free access to the school system in Luxembourg and that the Ministry of Education has appointed intercultural mediators in order to facilitate the integration of foreigners in the educational system. However, the Committee is still concerned that a large number of foreign children (more than 40 per cent of the school population) are often disadvantaged by the educational program and teaching methods in Luxembourg, including language problems.

[55] The Committee is concerned at the high level of use of illicit drugs and substances among adolescents and notes the difficulties confronted by the State party in dealing with this phenomenon.

Luxembourg in the World

Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union, 29-12-2004

[accessed 15 June 2011]

MEMBER OF UNESCO, UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATION FOR EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND CULTURE - Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg has been a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the education of women and children worldwide since 1997. She is a strong supporter of all actions giving women the means to be autonomous and uphold their rights. The Grand Duchess supports all projects aimed at improving the quality of life for girls, women and their families, particularly through granting micro-loans. Mother of five children, Her Royal Highness the Grand Duchess is particularly concerned with the fate of children. She regards programs helping street children and combating child prostitution as key action areas.

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