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Nearly 29% is at risk of poverty or social exclusion

by  Claudio Celio

Risk of poverty or social exclusion in Italy from 2010 to 2014

In % (Source: Istat)

In 2014, 28.3% of the Italian resident population was at risk of poverty or social exclusion, in accordance with the definition adopted for the Europe 2020 Strategy, according to Istat.

Istat’s indicator is the combination of the poverty risk (calculated on 2013 income), severe material deprivation and very low work intensity indicators.

Compared with 2013, the indicator was stable, as a consequence of the decrease of the share of population living in severely materially deprived households (from 12.3% to 11.6%); the share of people at risk of poverty remained stable (19.4%), while that of people living in very low work intensity households increased slightly (from 11.3% to 12.1%).

The severe deprivation condition showed the highest decrease in the less-wealthy South and Islands, among single persons and couples without children (especially of elderly) and among couples with one child, also under-age.

The values were still high among single parents, members of households with three or more minors and other types of households; the latter also showed a further increase between 2013 and 2014 (from 15.9% to 20.2%).