Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
NAPLES

417,000 children in southern Italy live in absolute poverty

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Naples, December 11 - Over half the children living
in absolute poverty in Italy are in the south of the country,
Save the Children Italia said on Tuesday.
There are currently 417,000 minors living in a state of
total poverty in Italy's southern regions against a total of
720,000, according to the NGO.
In southern Italy social spending on children averages 61
euros per child per year - compared to 282 euros per child per
year in the northern region of Emilia Romagna - but the figure
dips to 25 euros per child per year in Calabria.
Save the Children President Claudio Tesauro described the
situation as ''dramatic''.
''Child welfare is not a luxury, in such a difficult
situation great attention needs to be given to minors: spending
on children needs to be sustained and increased, with greater
attention paid to school drop-out, poverty and diet,'' he said.
Poverty and hardship are most frequent among the more
vulnerable population groups including very young mothers.
The dearth of places in public nursery schools in southern
regions - on average just 5 for every 100 children in Sicilia,
Calabria, Campania and Puglia compared to 27 in Valle d'Aosta
and Umbria and 29 in Emilia Romagna - and the difficulty of
accessing full-time childcare compound the difficulties for
working mothers.

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