(16 November 2016) – In 2015, around 25 million children, or 26.9% of the population aged 0 to 17, in the European Union were at risk of poverty or social exclusion.
This means that they were living in households in at least one of the following three conditions: at-risk-of-poverty after social transfers (income poverty), severely materially deprived or with very low work intensity.
Since 2010, the proportion of children at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU has slightly decreased, from 27.5% in 2010 to 26.9% in 2015. However contrasting trends were observed across the EU Member States.
In 2015 more than a third of children were at risk of poverty or social exclusion in six Member States: Romania (46.8%), Bulgaria (43.7%), followed by Greece (37.8%), Hungary (36.1%), Spain (34.4%) and Italy (33.5%).