More than 2m Italian families including 1.3m minors live in absolute povertyEuropost
The Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) announced on Wednesday that more than two million families in Italy were living in conditions of absolute poverty in 2020, 7.7% of the total, up from 6.4% in 2019, ANSA reported. In terms of individuals, over 5.6 million people were in absolute poverty in Italy last year, 9.4% of the population, up from 7.7% the previous year, according to the Italian statistics agency.
ISTAT said absolute poverty was at the highest levels in 2020, the year the Covid-19 pandemic took hold, since the start of the statistical series in 2005.
The number of people in absolute poverty includes 1.3 million minors, 13.5% of Italy's under-18s, an increase of over two percentage points from 11.4% in 2019.
The agency also said 2.6 million households were living in relative poverty, 10.1%, compared to 11.4% in 2019.