Four in Ten Children in Greece are at Risk of Poverty

Four in ten children in Greece under the age of 17 face the threat of poverty, says a Eurostat study on Poverty and Social Exclusion, based on 2016 figures.

According to the study, Greece comes in third place among European Union Member States with 37.5%, and in first place among Eurozone countries.

Figures show that between 2010 and 2016, the percentage of children in Greece that were at risk of poverty or social exclusion, jumped from 28.7% to 37.5%; i.e. up by 8.8%.

Romania (49.2%) and Bulgaria (45.6%) are the two countries where the risk of poverty for minors is higher than that of Greece. However, Cyprus, Sweden and Italy showed a slight percentage increase in risk of poverty (7.8%, 5.4% and 1.1% respectively).

In total in the EU, 24.8 million children; that is 26.4% of the population aged under 17, were at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2016.

The lowest rates were recorded in Denmark (13.8%), Finland (14.7%) and Slovenia (14.9%).

At the same time, the EU average showed a decrease in the percentage of children at risk of poverty, with the figure rising from 27.5% in 2010, to 26.4% in 2016, or 1.1%, as in most countries it dropped.

The largest drop was recorded in Latvia by 17.5% (from 42.2% in 2010 to 24.7% in 2016); Poland (-6.6%); Ireland (5.3%); Hungary (5.1%), and Lithuania (-3.4%).