UNICEF Says Many Greek Children Live in Poverty Still

December 13, 2021

ATHENS – Poverty and social exclusion among children and the young in Greece remains, the situation not getting better, said the world’s youth agency UNICEF in another dire report about how bad it is.

While there was a drop in the rate of children up to 17 years old, from 37.8 to 30.5 percent from 2015-19 the agency noted the European Union target is more than twice less at 18 percent for that sector.

Greece “remains one of three European Union member-states with the highest risk of children living in poverty or social exclusion,”the agency said, no indication any solutions were offered.

The share of non-Greek children residing in the country who are at risk of poverty or social exclusion is almost double compared to Greek nationals (52.6-28.4 percent) while the number of multifamily households and single-parent households show constantly high levels of poverty, said Kathimerini.

The report also noted a lack of comprehensive data at the national level for children affected by all forms of violence, the New Democracy government among the latest not to compile it although UNICEF said some steps are being taken to help those affected youth.



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