Slovaks the third lowest at risk of poverty in the EU

The EU is markedly failing to meet its Europe 2020 strategy.

Slovakia had the third lowest share of people living at  risk of poverty and social exclusion in the EU last year Slovakia had the third lowest share of people living at risk of poverty and social exclusion in the EU last year (Source: Sme)

The number of people at risk of poverty living in Slovakia has decreased over the last decade, the EU's statistics on income and living conditions (EU-SILC) has revealed.

Every sixth person, in fact, is at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the country, the figure totaling at about 872,000 people, as reported by the SITA newswire.

Moreover, Slovakia has the third lowest share of people threatened by poverty in the European Union. There were 109.2 million Europeans living at the risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2018, the Eurostat wrote in its press release.

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Central and eastern Slovak regions at risk

Jana Morháčová, a spokesperson for the Statistics Office (ŠÚ SR), told SITA that the biggest share of Slovaks at risk of poverty and social exclusion live in the Prešov Region, at 23.1 percent, and Banská Bystrica Region, at 22.3 percent.

It is indeed three times more than in the Bratislava Region, where only 7.9 percent are threatened by poverty. However, the situation has improved since 2008, when 1.11 million Slovaks lived at risk of poverty, Morháčová added.

The situation does not seem to be good in the Košice and Žilina Regions either. The former has been nowadays said to have a population as big as 20.3 percent living at risk of poverty. The figure is somewhat lower in the latter, at 17.9 percent.

On the other hand, the lowest number of Slovaks least threatened by social exclusion and poverty, apart from Bratislava, live in western Slovakia: the Nitra Region (13.1 percent), the Trnava Region (11.2 percent), and the Trenčín Region (10.6 percent), as reported by SITA.

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The EU fails to meet its target

Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU, which publishes a report on poverty and social exclusion risks in the EU every year, said the share of people at risk of poverty and social exclusion in the Union has been dropping in recent years.

It has decreased from almost 25 percent, between 2009 and 2012, to 21.7 percent in 2018.

Despite this, the EU is lagging behind one of its Europe 2020 strategy targets – lifting 20 million people out of the risk of poverty and social exclusion. In fact, only 8.2 million have received sufficient help in not facing poverty from 2008 onwards.

The highest number of people at risk of poverty live in Bulgaria, Romania, and Greece. On the other end, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Slovakia were found to have the highest number last year, as reported by the Eurostat.

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