More than 1 in 3 Greeks face threat of poverty

Kathimerini English - - Focus -

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.

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