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600,000 Slovaks live in poverty

More than 1 in 10 Slovaks are living in poverty, according to a World Bank report. Around 600,000 live below the World Bank's poverty line, based on living conditions, segregation, access to public services, education, and social welfare.

According to the statistics, the majority of these are Roma living in the east and south of the country.

"It concerns substantial parts of eastern Slovakia and some districts in the south of the country," said Angela Taylor from the British Ministry for International Development, a member of the team that collated the data on Slovakia.

The World Bank reported that the largest problem for the Roma minority was the lack of access to education.

Compiled by Conrad Toft from press reports.
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