Belgium -Poverty yearbook published -March 20, 2014

The figures published in the 4th Federal Poverty Year Book make clear that 15.3% of the citizens in Belgium were living in poverty in 2011. Meanwhile, more than one in five households said that they had trouble making ends meet. Certain groups such as one-parent families and the self-employed are represented in increasing numbers in the figures. Furthermore, poverty no longer appears to be a mainly urban problem, but is also present in rural areas where a large numbers of elderly people and one parent families live.


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