15 % of Children in Rich Countries are Poor

New Unicef report focuses on children’s poverty and deprivation rates in the world’s most advanced economies.

30 million children under the age of 17 are poor [1] in rich countries, thus 15 % out of 200 million, according to the latest Innocenti report from Unicef (read online). The highest poverty rate is observed in Romania, where 25.5 % of children are living below the poverty line. The second highest rate can be found in the United States, where 23.1 % of children are concerned. Conversely, the lowest rates are in Iceland (4.7 %) and in Finland (5.3 %), as well as in all Scandinavian countries.

A part from this, the report indicates that in Europe – the European Union plus Iceland and Norway – 13 million children aged between 1 and 16 years suffer from material deprivations [2], thus 15 % out of 85 million children. In other words, 85 % of children in Europe are no victims of such shortages. In Romania and Bulgaria the material deprivation rates are highest – affecting 72.6 and 56.6 % of children respectively. The lowest rates are observed in Iceland (0.9% of children) and Sweden (1.3 % of children).

Click here to read "Measuring Child Poverty : New league tables of child poverty in the world’s rich countries", Inocenti Report, Unicef, 2012. Also available in French and Italian.

Notes

[1Poor are considered those children who live in households whose living standard is below 50 % of the national median income. The countries studied in the report are the member states of the European Union and of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development).

[2Material deprivation means a situation in which children lack two or more out of 14 items considered as essential, including : three meals a day, fresh fruit and vegetable every day, an internet connection at home, or the opportunity to celebrate special occasions such as birthdays.


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