Social inclusion1 is a process that ensures that those at risk of poverty and social exclusion gain the opportunities and resources necessary to participate fully in economic, social, political, and cultural life and to enjoy a standard of living that is considered normal in the society in which they live. It ensures that they have greater participation in decision making which affects their lives and access to their fundamental rights

1European Commission (2004) Directorate-General for Employment and Social Affairs. Joint Report on Social Inclusion Office for Official Publications of the European Communities

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