Child poverty in rich countries rose during financial crisis

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 30 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6559
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

The proportion of children living in poverty has risen in rich countries since the worldwide financial crisis of 2008, concludes a new report by Unicef, the United Nations’ children’s agency.1

The report looked at the 41 richest countries in the world and found that in more than half (23) the number of children living below the poverty line (classed as living in a household earning 50% to 60% of average income, or less) has increased since 2008. This means that around 76.5 million children live in poverty in the world’s richest countries.

The largest increase in the childhood poverty rate was seen in Iceland, where in 2012 32% of children lived below the poverty line, …

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