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This documentary by DW Documentary explores the issue of poverty in Luxembourg, one of the wealthiest countries in Europe. The documentary follows Alexandra, who runs a charity called Festos (Voice of the Street), which provides food, clothing, and shelter for the homeless and the underprivileged.

The documentary opens with Alexandra highlighting the increasing number of people seeking help from Festos. Luxembourg may be a wealthy country, but it has a significant homeless population. We meet Stefan and Ferenc, two Hungarian men who have been living under a bridge for seven years. Despite the harsh living conditions, they say they prefer Luxembourg to their home country due to better treatment by the residents and access to free healthcare.

The documentary then explores the reasons behind the rise in poverty. One major factor is the lack of affordable housing. Luxembourg has a very high GDP, but most of the wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few. Land ownership is extremely concentrated, and there is a lot of speculation in the real estate market. This has driven up housing prices to the point where many people cannot afford a decent place to live.

Another factor contributing to poverty is the increasing competition for jobs. Luxembourg attracts many migrant workers, particularly from neighboring France and Portugal. This puts pressure on the job market, making it harder for Luxembourgers to find work, especially young people like Yanik, who is featured in the documentary. Yanik feels that the government is not doing enough to help Luxembourgers find jobs and housing.

The documentary also shows how Festos is working to alleviate poverty. They run a soup kitchen that provides hot meals to the homeless and the underprivileged. They also run a newspaper written and distributed by people who are homeless or unemployed. Festos also has a subsidized housing program that helps people like Patrick get back on their feet.

The documentary ends with a visit by the Grand Duke of Luxembourg to Festos' end-of-year celebration. This visit is a sign of recognition of the important work that Festos is doing to help the poor and the homeless in Luxembourg.


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