One-third of Turks are poor or needy, Ministry's report

07 June, 12:01

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, JUNE 7 - Almost one-third of Turks are poor and needy, according to the 2012 social assistance statistics released by the Family and Social Policies Ministry reported today by daily Hurriyet. More than 23.6 million people from 6.7 million households are listed as poor and needy in an online data inventory of the ministry, according to written data the ministry has released. The country's population reached 75.6 million in 2012, according to data released by the Turkey’s statistical authority, TurkStat. More than 6.3 million people from 2.1 million households are receiving social assistance, according to the statistics. More than 19.5 billion Turkish Liras are allocated for social assistance, according to projections. The ministry's data said the rate of poverty decreased for seven years after 2002. Hunger poverty decreased to 0.48% in 2009 from 1.35% in 2002. The report listed no one in hunger poverty in 2010 and 2011. Those living on under 1 dollar a day totaled 0.01% in 2005 and the report cited no one in this category since that year. The rate of both hunger poverty and poverty not caused by food decreased to 18.08% in 2009 from 26.96% in 2002, according to the ministry’s 2012 social assistance statistics. The ministry stated that a serious improvement had been seen in the lives of those living on less than 4.3 dollars a day. Those spending only 4.3 dollars a day were 30.30% in 2002, while this rate was 2.79% in 2011, the ministry's data said. More women benefit from social assistances, totaling 70%, according to the data. (ANSAmed).

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