Euro­stat: 28% of child pop­u­la­tion in Malta in risk of poverty or ex­clu­sion

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

More than 28% of the child pop­u­la­tion in Malta is in risk of poverty or so­cial ex­clu­sion, Euro­stat fig­ures show. This per­cent­age is slightly higher than the EU av­er­age of 26.9% reg­is­tered in 2015.

The per­cent­age recorded this year is higher than what Malta got in 2010 when 26.7% were in risk of poverty or so­cial ex­clu­sion.

In 2015, around 25 mil­lion chil­dren, or 26.9% of the pop­u­la­tion aged 0 to 17, in the Euro­pean Union were at risk of poverty or so­cial ex­clu­sion. This means that they were liv­ing in house­holds in at least one of the fol­low­ing three con­di­tions: at-risk-of-poverty af­ter so­cial trans­fers (in­come poverty), se­verely ma­te­ri­ally deprived or with very low work in­ten­sity. Since 2010, the pro­por­tion of chil­dren at risk of poverty or so­cial ex­clu­sion in the EU has slightly de­creased, from 27.5% in 2010 to 26.9% in 2015. How­ever con­trast­ing trends were ob­served across the EU Mem­ber States.

These fig­ures were pub­lished by Euro­stat, the sta­tis­ti­cal of­fice of the Euro­pean Union, on the oc­ca­sion of the Uni­ver­sal Chil­dren’s Day cel­e­brated on 20 Novem­ber.

Fig­ures show that more than a third of the child pop­u­la­tion in risk of poverty were in six mem­ber states. On top of the list is Ro­ma­nia, 46%, fol­lowed by Bul­garia and Greece. Coun­tries like Swe­den, Finland and Den­mark are among EU mem­ber states that have the lower per­cent­age of chil­dren in risk of poverty.

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