35.7% of the Greek population is living in poverty

More than one in three people in Greece are living in poverty or social exclusion and on average one in four in the EU, according to 2015 data, which were released on Monday by Eurostat.

Specifically, in Greece in 2015, 35.7 per cent of the population (3.8 million people) was faced with the risk of poverty or social exclusion compared with 28.1 per cent in 2008. In the EU, the numbers for 2008 appeared again in 2015, ie 23.7 per cent (118.8 million people).

According to Eurostat, a person is in poverty or social exclusion when it is faced with one or more of the following situations: Is considered poor (ie has an income of less than 60 per cent of the national median income), is living in poverty (ie lacking basic consumer goods or fails to meetminimum financial obligations), or lives with a family facing the risk of unemployment (ie in a family where none of its members have a”normal job”).

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