(ANSA) – ROME, AUGUST 24 – The at-risk-of-poverty rate, or the percentage of people who have an income below 60% of the average available, in Italy has risen from 20% in 2020 to 20.1% of 2021, for 11.84 million people involved. It can be read in the latest Eurostat tables, according to which the percentage rises to 25.2% (14.83 million) if we also consider people at risk of social exclusion, i.e. those who are at risk of poverty or cannot afford a series of material goods or social activities or live in low-intensity households.
Over a quarter of Italian children under the age of six live in families at risk of poverty (26.7% in 2021, up from 23.8% in 2020) with a percentage that is the worst since 1995. This is 667 thousand children, a slight increase from 660 thousand in 2020. The figure is also affected by the fact that the population in this age group has shrunk. If the audience is also extended to families at risk of social exclusion, the percentage for those under 6 in difficult situations rises to 31.6% from 27% in 2020. (ANSA).