More than every fifth child in Germany grows up in poverty and Corona crisis exacerbated the situation

some 2.8 million children and young people are growing up in poverty is 21.3 percent of all under 18-Year-olds, such as the Bertelsmann Foundation reported on W

More than every fifth child in Germany grows up in poverty and Corona crisis exacerbated the situation

some 2.8 million children and young people are growing up in poverty is 21.3 percent of all under 18-Year-olds, such as the Bertelsmann Foundation reported on Wednesday. "For years, the fight against child poverty is one of the biggest societal challenges facing Germany." Nevertheless, since 2014, the nationwide average in little improvements. More than one in five is an adolescent, affected - with strong regional Differences. The Corona-the crisis is threatening to exacerbate the Problem.

The investigation of the Foundation on the basis of a combined measurement of Poverty. It takes into account children from families whose income is less than 60 percent of the median income of all households. And it is pre-attributed to growing Basic income, whose families Hartz IV receive. The unresolved Problem of child poverty have significant consequences for Growing up, well-being, education and opportunities for the future, stressed the Foundation in Gütersloh.

children in poverty: Strong regional differences

According to the länder as well as in the city States of Bremen and Berlin, especially many of the children and young people in weak financial conditions. In Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, it looks for you in comparison at best.

On a local level, the survey shows drastic differences. Many boys and girls are affected in Bremerhaven and Wilhelmshaven of poverty, as well as in the Ruhr cities of Gelsenkirchen, Herne, Duisburg, Mönchengladbach and Dortmund. However, are charged in some municipalities in the South of Germany only a few due to poverty.

holidays, cinema, class trips possible

especially in the case of recreation and social part of a strong pass have under-supply. Two-thirds of poor children are not able to drive according to analysis with your family once a week in the year in holiday. Many of the rich the money will not go for once a month, cinema, concert or dinner. Class trips, student exchange, or invitations home be difficult.

"child poverty in our rich country is an incredible scandal, because they live chances of the Smallest built," criticized a Left-Bundestag faction leader Dietmar Bartsch. It was a serious omission of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the Federal governments of the past years, to have no decisive improvement is achieved.

Due to Corona poverty increase

It threatens the threat of a significant poverty increase, warned Foundation Board of Directors Jörg Dräger. The consequences of the pandemic, and meet with parents of disadvantaged children especially hard. They were working more often in part-time or as a "mini-jobbers" and were part of the group that lose their jobs first, with little or no short-time work to get money.

At the same time, many support services for vulnerable Adolescents away, such as Dräger described. "The prevention of child poverty needs to just get in the Corona-crisis political priority." Temperatures soar to the top: the Azores brings up the long-awaited summer PCP temperatures soar to the top: the Azores brings up the long-awaited summer After the EU summit: Reporter brings Merkel with the unpleasant question in expository FOCUS Online/Wochit After the EU summit: Reporter brings Merkel with the unpleasant question in expository

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Updated Date: 23 July 2020, 12:27

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