Almost half of children in Romania and Bulgaria at risk of poverty - Eurostat

Almost half of children in Romania and Bulgaria at risk of poverty - Eurostat
In 2016, almost half of the children were at risk of poverty or social exclusion in Romania (49.2 per cent) and Bulgaria (45.6 per cent), European Union statistics agency Eurostat said in a report released to mark Universal Children's Day on November 20.

In 2016, 24.8 million children in the EU, or 26.4 per cent of the population aged up to 17, were at risk of poverty or social exclusion. This means that the children were living in households with 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.

The proportion of children at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU has slightly decreased over the years, from 27.5 per cent in 2010 to 26.4 per cent in 2016. However, contrasting trends were observed across the EU member states.

In 2016, almost half of the children were at risk of poverty or social exclusion in Romania (49.2 per cent) and Bulgaria (45.6 per cent). They were followed by Greece (37.5 per cent), Hungary (33.6 per cent), Spain (32.9 per cent), Italy (32.8 per cent) and Lithuania (32.4 per cent).

At the opposite end of the scale, the lowest shares of children at risk of poverty or social exclusion were recorded in Denmark (13.8 per cent), Finland (14.7 per cent) and Slovenia (14.9 per cent), ahead of the Czech Republic (17.4 per cent) and the Netherlands (17.6 per cent).

In a large majority of EU countries, the proportion of children at risk of poverty or social exclusion decreased from 2010 to 2016. The largest fall was recorded in Latvia (from 42.2 per cent in 2010 to 24.7 per cent in 2016, or -17.5 percentage points – pp). Notable decreases were also registered in Poland (-6.6 pp), Ireland (-5.3 pp between 2010 and 2015), Hungary (-5.1 pp), Bulgaria (-4.2 pp) and Lithuania (-3.4 pp).

In contrast, the largest increases among EU member states were observed in Greece (from 28.7 per cent to 37.5 per cent, or +8.8 pp) and Cyprus (+7.8 pp), followed by Sweden (+5.4 pp) and Italy (+1.1 pp).

At EU level, the percentage of the total population aged below 18 who were at risk of poverty or social exclusion decreased by 1.1 pp, from 27.5 per cent in 2010 to 26.4 per cent in 2016, Eurostat said./IBNA

Share with your friends: