Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Poverty data in Italy 'alarming', says UNICEF

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Rome, July 17 - Data on poverty in Italy released
by the country's statistics agency Istat on Wednesday are
"extremely alarming," UNICEF Italy President Giacomo Guerrera
said.
"The rate of poverty among children and adolescents is among
the most important indicators of health and well-being of a
society," Guerra said.
In uncertain economic conditions, investing in the
development and protection of children and adolescents "is not
only ethically right, but also economically advantageous," the
UNICEF Italy head said.
Istat reported that in 2012, almost half of Italy's
impoverished lived in the south of the country known as the
Mezzogiorno, and that some 1.58 million of those living under
the poverty line were children, up 7% from 2011.
UNICEF said that child poverty is not inevitable, but
susceptible to government policies.
"Some countries are doing much better than others to
protect the most vulnerable. Since the situation in Italy is not
improving, action is needed," Guerrera said.
"It's necessary that the government assesses the impact and
effects that policies already in place or being considered have
on children, adolescents and their families," Guerrera said.

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