Ten percent of people in Flanders live below poverty line, study says
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    Ten percent of people in Flanders live below poverty line, study says

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    1 in 10 people in Flanders live below the poverty line. Credit: Belga
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    Just over 1 in 10 people in Flanders live below the poverty line, a new report says.

    According to Statistics Flanders, the network for public statistics for the Flemish government, about 680,000 people in Flanders —1 in 10 — live below the poverty line. This number has been about the same since 2004.

    Statistics Flanders also found that poverty is higher amongst the elderly and the unemployed.

    Additionally, the risk of poverty highest for single-parent homes at 28%, and there are more tenants below the poverty line (26%) than homeowners (7%).

    In 2018, the poverty line for a single person was 1,187 euros per months, and it was 2,449 euros per month for a family of two adults and two children.

    Sam Nelson
    The Brussels Times