Eurostat: Romania, Bulgaria and Greece lead in the percentage of population at risk of poverty and social exclusion

Eurostat: Romania, Bulgaria and Greece lead in the percentage of population at risk of poverty and social exclusion

In 2020, there were 96.5 million people in the EU at risk of poverty or social exclusion, representing 21.9% of the population.

This information comes from data published by Eurostat.

In 2020, there were 75.3 million people at risk of poverty in the EU, 27.6 million had severe material and social deprivation and 27.1 million lived in low labour-intensive households.

Among the 96.5 million people within the EU who were at risk of poverty or social exclusion, around 5.9 million (1.3% of the total population) lived in households that experienced all three risks of poverty and social exclusion at the same time (risk of poverty, severe material and social deprivation and living in a very low work intensity household).

More than a quarter of the population was at risk of poverty or social exclusion in four Member States with available data for 2020: Romania (35.8%), Bulgaria (33.6%), Greece (27.5%) and Spain (27.0%).

In contrast, the lowest rates of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion were recorded in the Czech Republic (11.5%), Slovakia (13.8%), Slovenia (14.3%), the Netherlands (15.8%) and Finland (15.9%).

Among the other EU Member States, Croatia is just below the EU average, at 20.5%, while Cyprus is much lower at 17.6%./ibna