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Highest poverty rate in Bulgaria, lowest in Czech Republic

In 2015, around 119 million people, or 23.7% of the population, in the European Union (EU)were at risk of poverty or social exclusion. This means that they were in at least one of the following three conditions: at-risk-of-poverty after social transfers (income poverty), severely materially deprived or living in households with very low work intensity.After three consecutive increases between 2009 and 2012 to reach almost 25%,the proportion of persons at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU has sincecontinuously decreased to return to its 2008 level (23.7%), but it remains in 2015 higher than its 2009 low-point (23.3%).The reduction of the number of persons at risk of poverty or social exclusionin the EU is one of the key targets of the Europe 2020 strategy. More:http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/2995521/7695750/3-17102016-BP-EN.pdf/30c2ca2d-f7eb-4849-b1e1-b329f48338dc

Source : EC press

 

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