More Greek chil­dren face risk of poverty

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More than a third, or 37.8 per­cent, of chil­dren aged up to 17 in Greece were at risk of poverty and so­cial ex­clu­sion in 2015, com­pared to 28.7 per­cent in 2010, ac­cord­ing to a re­port pub­lished by the Euro­pean statis­tics agency (Euro­stat).

This means that they were liv­ing in house­holds with at least one of the fol­low­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics: at-risk-of-poverty after so­cial trans­fers (in­come poverty), se­verely ma­te­ri­ally de­prived or with very low work in­ten­sity.

The in­crease, which took the to­tal num­ber of chil­dren at risk of poverty and so­cial ex­clu­sion in Greece to 710,000, is the largest in the Euro­pean Union since 2010. After Greece, Cyprus was the coun­try with the high­est rise since 2010, with 7.1 per­cent.

At the same time, the EU av­er­age dropped from 27.5 per­cent in 2010 to 26.9 per­cent in 2015, which cor­re­sponds to the alarm­ing fig­ure of ap­prox­i­mately 25.26 mil­lion chil­dren.

Greece was third in the EU in the to­tal num­ber of chil­dren faced with such a predica­ment, be­hind Ro­ma­nia at 46.8 per­cent and Bul­garia at 43.7 per­cent. Hun­gary was fourth at 36.1 per­cent, ahead of Spain at 34.4 per­cent and Italy at 33.5 per­cent.

The low­est rates were recorded in the Scan­di­na­vian coun­tries, with Swe­den at 14 per­cent, ahead of Fin­land and Den­mark, with 14.9 per­cent and 15.7 per­cent re­spec­tively.

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