More than 1 in 3 Greeks face threat of poverty
More than one in three Greeks (35.7 percent) are at risk of poverty and social exclusion, putting Greece third from the bottom spot in the European Union, above Bulgaria and Romania, according to Eurostat figures published yesterday.
The statistics showed that 3.9 million Greeks were close to the poverty line in 2013, up from 28.1 percent in 2008.
In the whole of the EU there were 120 million people in this category – i.e. 24.5 percent of the population last year from 23.8 percent in 2008.
Compared with an EU average of 16.7 percent of citizens living on small incomes, including social benefits, Greece’s rate of 23.1 percent was the highest in the bloc last year.
More than one in every five Greeks (20.3 percent) were unable to cover their basic needs last year, compared with an EU average of 9.6 percent.