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Figures for child-poverty risk in Italy 32.3% in 2011

Some 27% of minors in EU faced social exclusion in 2011

26 February, 13:23
Figures for child-poverty risk in Italy 32.3% in 2011 (ANSA) - Brussels, February 26 - In 2011 32.3% of children under 18 in recession-hit Italy were at risk of poverty or social exclusion, compared to 27% of minors across the 27 member states of the European Union (EU), said a Eurostat report released on Tuesday.

In the EU in 2011 on average 24.3% of adults (aged 18-64) and 20.5% of the elderly were reported at risk. In Italy these figures stood at 28.4% and 24.2% respectively. Eurostat also said the risk of poverty or social exclusion among minors increased with parents' decreasing level of education, rising from 7.5% in the event of a high level of education (tertiary level) to 22.4% when parents had a mid-level education (at most a higher secondary education) and to 49.2% when parents had a low level of education (at most a lower secondary education). In Italy the figures were in line with the EU average at 7.5%, 22.6% and 46.3% respectively. Children with at least one foreign-born parent were also at greater risk of poverty than their native-born counterparts, Eurostat said. The countries in which minors were at the lowest risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2011 were Sweden, Denmark and Finland (all at 16%), followed by Slovenia (17%), Holland (18%) and Austria (19%).

The countries with the highest risk level were Bulgaria (52%), Romania (49%), Latvia (44%), Hungary (40%) and Ireland (38% in 2010).