According to a UNICEF official, almost 600,000 children in Greece are living below poverty line. A growing number of children are deprived of basic living requirements.
President of UNICEF in Greece, Lambros Kanellopoulos noted that approximately 597,000 children are currently living in poverty, compared to 439,000 a year ago. Out of that number, 322,000 lack the basic daily nutritional needs.
According to the report, the proportion of children in Greece living in poverty or social exclusion rose 9.2 percent in 2011 to reach 30.4 percent.
“The situation is very worrying. The problems of poverty and social exclusion are increasing,” Kanellopoulos said. He added that the situation has a negative effect both on the children’s welfare and issues concerning their health and development.