POOR CHILDREN IN ITALY – Unicef calls them “children of the recession“. It is the Italian children who most of all have suffered the heavy effects of the economic recession of recent years. One in three Italian children lives in conditions of poverty.
Unicef has studied the data relating to 41 OECD and European Union countries and has drawn up an international report on child poverty entitled Innocenti Report Card.
The data is chilling: in rich countries there are 76 million children living in poverty, 2.6 million more than in 2008, the year of the beginning of the great economic crisis in the United States with the sub-prime mortgage scandal.
L’Italy ranks at 33rd place in the ranking of 41 countries with a poverty rate increased by six points between 2008 and 2012.
While in more than half of the world’s rich countries 1 in 5 children live in poverty, in Italy 1 in 3 children live in poverty
Unicef writes clarifying: in Italy the 30.4% of children. And the President of UNICEF Italy, Giacomo Guerrera, declares:
From 2008 to 2012, Italy recorded a reduction in household income, losing 8 years of potential economic progress.
16% of Italian children are in conditions of severe material deprivation. In Italy, the percentage of young people between 15 and 24 who do not study, work and do not follow training courses has increased by almost 6 points since 2008, reaching 22.2%. It is the highest rate in the European Union, meaning that over a million young people live in this limbo.
The hardest hit by the recession are young people in the 15-24 age group, with a number of NEET (boys who do not study, do not work and do not attend training courses) which has grown dramatically in many countries. In the European Union, in 2013, 7.5 million young people were classified as NEETs, almost the equivalent of the population of Switzerland.
Many rich countries have taken a “big step backwards” in terms of income, with long-term repercussions for children, families and communities. UNICEF research shows that the strength of social protection policies would have been a decisive factor in preventing poverty
commented Jeffrey O’Malley, Director of Statistics, Research and Analysis at UNICEF.