More than 1 in 5 children live in poverty in 40 of the world's richest countries. France, Iceland, Norway, the United Kingdom and Switzerland recorded sharp increases in child poverty between 2014 and 2021, while Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Slovenia achieved the largest reductions.
Italy ranks 34th out of 39 countries in the poverty ranking.
The latest figures published today by UNICEF Innocenti -Global Office of Research and Foresight show that Poland and Slovenia are achieving the best results in tackling child poverty, followed by Latvia and the Republic of Korea. By contrast, some of the richest countries analysed in the report are lagging behind, almost at the bottom of the country ranking.
The report presents the most up-to-date and comparable picture of poverty affecting children in OECD and EU countries and analyses governments' income support policies for families with children, and also notes that despite an overall decrease in poverty of almost 8% in 40 countries between 2014 and 2021, at the end of 2021 there were still more than 69 million children living in households earning less than 60% of the average income national.
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