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More than one in five children in Germany live in poverty – Study

Roughly 21 per cent of children in Germany have lived in poverty, either recurrently or permanently, for a period of at least five years, a study published on Monday said.

According to the study from the Bertelsmann Foundation, an independent research group linked to the Bertelsmann media empire, 10 per cent of children in Germany experience poverty intermittently throughout their upbringing.

“Child poverty is a permanent condition in Germany, one of the richest countries in Europe and anyone who is once poor remains poor for a long time.

“Too few families can escape from poverty,” Bertelsmann Chairman Joerg Draeger said.

Children who live in a household with less than 60 per cent of the average household net income or receive basic support from the state are regarded as poverty-prone.

The study found that while basic care is normally available for those affected by poverty, they are often isolated from social life.

 

– Dpa/NAN

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About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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