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21% of Children in Germany Live in Poverty

21% of Children in Germany Live in Poverty

Wednesday, 25 October, 2017 - 05:00
A man begs as pedestrians walk past at Wilmersdorfer shopping street in Berlin October 9, 2012. FABRIZIO BENSCH/REUTERS

A study published on Monday showed that 21% of children in Germany have lived in poverty for a period of at least five years.

According to the study from the Bertelsmann Foundation, 10% of children in the country suffer from poverty intermittently throughout their life, reported the German News Agency (DPA).

Bertelsmann Chairman Joerg Draeger said: “Child poverty is a permanent condition in Germany. Poor people suffer from poverty for a long time. Only few families can escape from poverty.”

Children exposed to poverty in the country are those living with families whose income is less than 60% of Germany's average monthly income, or those who receive social benefits from the state.

The study, which was conducted by the Institute for Work and Employment Research (IWER), included data from a research project entitled "Indexes of Labor Market and Social Security", which has been conducted since 2006 and involved 15,000 people above 15 years of age.

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