Italy -Poverty hits record high -January 01, 2014

The number of people living in absolute poverty has doubled between 2005 and 2012 and tripled in the industrial north, up to 6.4% from 2.5%, according to an annual report on social cohesion by national statistics bureau Istat. Istat noted earlier that the percentage of Italian families with three or more children living in absolute poverty jumped to 16.2% in 2012 from 10.4% in 2011 while the number of single-parent families in absolute poverty jumped to 9.1% from 5.8% the previous year.

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