37.5% of children up to 17 years old in Greece are at risk of poverty or social exclusion, according to the 2016 data published by Eurostat. Greece takes the worst place in the Eurozone and the third worst place in the EU, given that only Rumania and Bulgaria have recorded worst shares at EU level (49.2% and 45.6%, respectively). According to the Eurostat data, Greece recorded the greatest increase in the proportion of children at risk of poverty or social exclusion between 2010 and 2016. In particular, this share was increased by 8.8% (from 28.7% to 37.5%) during the years of the economic crisis.

In the EU in 2016, 24.8 million children or 26.4% of the population up to 18 years old were at risk of poverty or social exclusion. Compared to 2010, this share was decreased by 1.1% in the EU as a whole. Children at risk of poverty or social exclusion are those living in households with 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.


Translation: Eleni Gogou