Romania registered the highest share of children in poverty risk or social exclusion in EU last year

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Romania was among the countries with the highest share of children in poverty risk or social exclusion, of 46.8 percent of the population in 2015, or 1.7 million children, followed by Bulgaria (43.7 percent), Greece (37.8 percent), Hungary (36.1 percent), Spain (34.4 percent) and Italy (33.5 percent), according to Eurostat.

On the other hand, the lowest shares of children in risk of poverty or social exclusion were recorded in Sweden (14.0 percent), Finland (14.9 percent) and Denmark (15.7 percent), ahead of Slovenia (16.6 percent),the Netherlands (17.2 percent),the Czech Republic and Germany (both 18.5 percent) in 2015.

Therefore, around 25 million children, or 26.9 percent of the population aged 0 to 17, in the European Union (EU), were at risk of poverty or social exclusion.

In approximately half of the EU Member States, the at-risk-of-poverty or social exclusion rate has grown from 2010 to 2015, with the highest increases being recorded in Greece (from 28.7 percent in 2010 to 37.8 percent in 2015, or +9.1percentage points), Cyprus(+7.1pp), and Italy(+4 pp).

On the other hand, the largest decrease among EU member states was observed in Latvia (from 42.2 percent to 31.3 percent, or -10.pp),followed by Bulgaria (-6.1pp) and Poland (-4.2pp).
Georgiana Bendre
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