Turkey: one in three children is poor, TurkStat report says

24 April, 14:05

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, APRIL 24 - While Turkey marked National Sovereignty and children's Day all over the country on Thursday, a recent official report has revealed that child poverty still remains an alarming concern, with 32.4% of the minors in Turkey classified as poor as daily Today's Zaman reports. According to data released by the Turkish Statistics Institute (TurkStat), the number of individuals under the age of 17 in Turkey was 22.8 million at the end of 2014, accounting for 29.4% of the total population of 77.7 million. Out of 22.8 million children, however, 7.4 million were recorded as living in poverty. Given that there were 16.7 million poor individuals according to TurkStat, the figure implies that almost half of poor people are minors. A survey published in April of last year by the Bahcesehir University Center for Economic and Social Research (BETAM) revealed a bleaker picture, as it reported that two out of every three children in Turkey are at risk of poverty based on European Union standards. To be considered to be at risk of poverty by the EU, one must lack access to four out of nine specific items. These items include living in a heated home, the ability to eat meat, fish or a vegetarian equivalent once every two days and to afford a washing machine at home, according to BETAM's report. (ANSAmed).

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