Crisis: 35.7% of Greeks at risk of poverty, Eurostat says

06 November, 09:22

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, NOVEMBER 6 - Some 35.7% of Greeks were facing the risk of poverty or social exclusion during 2013, as GreekReporter website writes quoting Eurostat figures unveiled on Tuesday. According to Eurostat data, 23.1% of Greeks remained at the risk of poverty even after the social transfers and another 18.2% were living in households with a very low work intensity, topping European Union's rankings in both categories.

    To be classified as facing the risk of poverty a citizen should earn less than 60% of the average national available income.

    Persons at risk of poverty or social exclusion are defined as those falling in one or more of three categories: those at risk of poverty after social transfers, those living in households with very low work intensity or those that are materially deprived. In absolute figures, nearly 3.9 million Greeks (almost one out of three) were classified as at risk of poverty or social exclusion, with a 7.6% increase to 35.7% from 28.1% in 2008. Greece ranked third amongst its European partners for the percentage of the population at risk of poverty and social exclusion, only behind Bulgaria with 48% and Romania with 40%.

    In 2013, the percentage of Greeks defined as materially deprived was 20.3%, when the EU average was 9.6%, more than two times up.


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