The number of Poles who were at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2018 was 6.97 million, which means as much as 18.9% of the population, Eurostat said. This situation is improving, though – in 2008, the figure stood at 30.5%.
“In 2018, 109.2 million people, or 21.7% of the entire population of the EU, were endangered by poverty or social exclusion. This means that they were in one of three states: risk of poverty for income reasons, a serious risk of material scarcity or living in a household with a very low work intensity,” Eurostat stated.
After increasing to 25% in the years 2009-2012, the percentage of people at risk of poverty in the EU has been dropping steadily. In the entire EU, Bulgaria (32.8% of inhabitants), Romania (32.5%) and Greece (31.8%) were the countries with the biggest percentage of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion last year. The lowest percentage of such people was in 2018 recorded in the Czech Republic (12.2%) and Slovenia (16.2%).