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One in six children live in relative poverty

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 17 June 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1626
  1. Jason O'Neale Roach
  1. BMJ

    One in six of the rich world' children live in relative poverty—that is, below the national poverty line in their country—according to a new report from Unicef.

    The report looked at both absolute poverty in developed countries, which was defined as households with incomes below the official poverty line in the United States, and relative poverty, defined as households with an income below 50% of the median in the country studied.

    In the league table of relative child poverty, the bottom four places out of 23 are occupied by the United Kingdom, Italy, the United States, and Mexico, despite the fact that …

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