Mercoledì, 24 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Economic crisis driving more Italians to seek help

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(ANSA) - Rome, October 17 - The economic crisis is driving
more Italians to seek financial help and other kinds of support,
says the social justice group Caritas.
In a report Wednesday, it warned that the country's social
support services aren't keeping up with the demand.
There is an "obvious failure" of the welfare system to deal
with poverty and social emergencies resulting from the financial
crisis, says Caritas in its 2012 report on poverty.
There has been a dramatic jump in the number of Italian
housewives turning to Caritas to help their families - an
increase of almost 178% since 2009, the report said.
And over that same period, the number of pensioners turning
to Caritas centres has jumped by 65.6% while the number of
elderly has grown by 51.3%.
"The economic and financial crisis has led to the extension
of the phenomena of impoverishment to large sectors of the
population, that does not always coincide," with the old image
of poverty, says Caritas.
To support that claim, the group said it also found that
Italians seem to be taking a harder hit than more recent
immigrants.
It found that requests for help from native Italians jumped
by 20.4% in the first half of this year, while requests from
immigrants rose by 7.4% compared with the same period last year.
Further, it's not only the homeless, the unemployed, and
marginalized people turning to Caritas centres for help, the
organization said.
More and more Italians who have a home and a job are still
having trouble making ends meet.
The number of people with a home yet still seeking help
jumped by 83.2% in the first six months of this year.
The number of women arriving at Caritas centres rose by
53.4% while the number of married people rose by almost 50%.

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