In 2016, 24.8 million children in the European Union (EU), or 26.4% of the population aged 0 to 17, were at risk of poverty or social exclusion. This means that the children were 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.
The proportion of children at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU has slightly decreased over the years, from 27.5% in 2010 to 26.4% in 2016. However, contrasting trends were observed across the EU Member States.
Share of children at risk of poverty or social exclusion highest in Romania and Bulgaria, lowest in Denmark, Finland and Slovenia
In 2016, almost half of the children were at risk of poverty or social exclusion in Romania (49.2%) and Bulgaria (45.6%). They were followed by Greece (37.5%), Hungary (33.6%), Spain (32.9%), Italy (32.8%) and Lithuania (32.4%).
At the opposite end of the scale, the lowest shares of children at risk of poverty or social exclusion were recorded in Denmark (13.8%), Finland (14.7%) and Slovenia (14.9%), ahead of the Czech Republic (17.4%) and the Netherlands (17.6%).
source: Eurostat – ilc_peps01