UNICEF alerts that one in three children in Brussels lives in conditions of relative income povertyThursday, 15 June 2017 21:13
At the national level, an average of 18.8% of young people live in conditions of relative income poverty and 21% of children are confronted with multidimensional poverty (deprivation of income as well as education, health, social security, housing, basic services and food).
The relative income gap would also be 44% higher if there were no social security coverage, UNICEF reports, placing Belgium 14th in the ranking of the Sustainable Development Objective (ODD) to end poverty, a situation described as "particularly worrying" by Olivier Marquet, the director general of the Belgian branch of the UN agency. According to him, this ranking might seem good but Belgium is a rich country and the situation of children in Brussels is "not acceptable", he emphasised.
The report 'Bilan Innocenti 14' is the first of its kind. If we consider all the indicators together, Belgium appears in 26th place out of 41 countries, a score that Unicef Belgium describes as "relatively mediocre" because "inequalities are increasing" and "the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children continue to be left behind."
"Either we are average or we have very poor results", summarised the director of the Belgian branch of the agency. For him, this is due in particular to an approach that does not always integrate the multi-faceted problems mentioned, "because efforts are nevertheless being made."
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