Romanian children are the most exposed to the risk of poverty and social exclusion in the EU, data released by Eurostat shows. Across the EU, the number dropped in the past five years.
Almost half of Romanian children, nearly 49.2 percent, were exposed to the risk of poverty and social exclusion last year, the highest percentage among the EU member states and almost double compared to the EU average of 26.4 percent.
The EU countries where children are least exposed to poverty and and social exclusion are Denmark (13.8 percent), Finland (14.7 percent), Slovenia (14.9 percent) and Czech Republic (17.4 percent).
According to Eurostat data, in 2016 a total of approximately 24,816 million children aged 0 and 17 living in EU countries were exposed to poverty and social exclusion. In Romania, last year a number of approximately 1.880 children were exposed to the risk. In Poland the number was 1.648 million.
In several member states, the share of children exposed to these risks increased during the period surveyed. In Romania, the share of children increased by 1.1 percent, from 48.1 percent to 49.2 percent. The biggest increases were recorded in Greece, from 28.7 percent in 2010 to 37.5 percent in 2016, representing an 8.8 percent increase and Cyprus, where the increase was of 7.8 percent, Sweden, 5.4 percent, and Italy, where the increase was of 1.1 percent.
Between 2010-2016, across the EU the percentage of children exposed to the risk of poverty and social exclusion dropped from 27.5 percent in 2010 to 26.4 percent in 2016. In most member states, the percentage of children exposed to these risks decreased between 2010 and 2016. The biggest drops were recorded in Latvia, from 42.2 percent in 2010 to 24.7 percent in 2016, representing a 17.5 percent drop. Other significant drops were recorded in Poland, where there was a 6.6 percent decrease, Ireland, with 5.3 percent, Hungary, down by 5.1 percent, Bulgaria, down by 4.2 percent and Lithuania, where the decrease was 3.4 percent.