Crisis: Eu; 120 mln near poverty, 31% of Greeks, 27% in Spain

Almost a quarter of population at risk in Europe (24.2%)

03 December, 18:47

Almost 120 of Europe's inhabitants are at risk of poverty or social exclusion Almost 120 of Europe's inhabitants are at risk of poverty or social exclusion

(ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS - Almost 120 of Europe's inhabitants are at risk of poverty or social exclusion, equal to about a fourth of the population of the EU-27 (24.2%) These Eurostat figures for 2011 highlight show the effects of the economic crisis, as the corresponding figures for 2008 and 20009 were 23.4% and 23.5%, respectively. The hardest hit were Bulgarians, who live in a country in which almost half of the population (49%) are near the poverty level, followed by Romanians and Latvians (40%) and then Lithuanians (33%). On their heels are Greeks with 31% (about 3.4 million people) of the population near poverty in 2011, compared with 28.1% in 2008. The figure in Spain was at 27% (22.9% in 2008), which translates into 12.4 million people at risk. A lower percentage (24.4%)of the Portuguese were near poverty than their Spanish counterparts, with the figure in steady decline since 2008 (when it was at 26%). In France, where the figure was lower (19.3%) than the EU average, there are in any case 11.8 million citizens on the verge of becoming poor.

Eurostat has not released any figure for Italy for 2011, but in 2010 poverty affected 24.5% of the population. Not even Croatia has been spared the effects of the crisis, with 32.7% of its population near poverty in 2011, equal to about 1.4 million citizens. (ANSAmed).

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