Eurostat: Poverty on the rise in Hungary and EU

December 6, 2013

poverty

124.5 million (24.8 per cent) of EU citizens live in poverty or in danger of social exclusion according to recent Eurostat statistics.  10 per cent live in a state of serious material deprivation.  An additional 17 per cent live on the brink of poverty.

In Hungary, a nation of slightly under 10 million, 3.2 million (33 percent) live in poverty or in danger of social exclusion, up from 32.4 per cent last year and 31 per cent in 2011.  26 per cent of Hungarians live in a state of serious material deprivation, up from 23 per cent in 2011.

Families living in serious material deprivation experience at least three of the following:

  • Debt or mortgage arrears

  • Inability to cover unexpected expenditures

  • No telephone due to lack of money

  • No color television due to lack of money

  • No washing machine due to lack of money

  • No car due to lack of money

  • Inability to take at least one week’s vacation every year

  • Inability to eat meat every day

  • Lack of adequate heating

Referenced in this article:

Döbbenetes adatok – tovább nőtt a szegénység Magyarországon, napi.hu, 6 December 2013