UNICEF says 2mn Italian children live in poverty

‘Two million Italian kids living in poverty’

Sat, 13 Apr 2013 14:11:54 GMT

A recent report by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) says that about two million children are living in poverty in Italy, Press TV reports.

According to the report on child well-being in the developed world, the third largest eurozone economy ranks 22 among 29 countries.

In Italy, 17 percent of children live under the poverty line. This means that 1.8 million children in Italy do not have regular access to basic necessities such as food.

UNICEF says that 20 percent of children as old as 17 live in households with incomes less than 50 percent of the country’s average income.

UNICEF measures child well-being by taking into consideration their physical and material well-being, health and safety, education, and housing and environment.

Italy is behind countries such as Spain, Hungary, and Poland. However, it has been ranked better than Estonia, Slovakia and Greece.

As far as the academic results of its children, Italy ranks 24.

This is while Italy spends only four percent of its total social expenditure on social services for children.

Italy’s struggling economy has increased the number of poor families with children and infants.

Europe plunged into financial crisis in early 2008. Over the past decade, Italy has been the slowest growing economy in the eurozone.

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