On the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Eurostat published a data visualisation tool as well as some interesting facts & figures on people at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU, Member States and EFTA countries.
24% of children in the EU were at risk of poverty or social exclusion ranging from 13% in Slovenia and Czechia to 38% in Romania.
32, 8 % is the share of the total population at risk of poverty or social exclusion for Bulgaria. 33, 7% of children under 18 are at risk.
In 2019, 1 in 4 children in the European Union are still being failed, despite the EU being one of the most prosperous regions in the world.
Child poverty and social exclusion can have lifelong effects in children’s lives, leading to poverty in adulthood. Children who grow up in poverty often have fewer opportunities than their peers to access quality education starting from early childhood education until higher education, and are more likely to experience social exclusion and health problems in the future. They are also less likely to reach their full potential later in life.