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One in three Brussels children lives in poverty

10:11 29/10/2014

One in three children in the Brussels-Capital Region lives in poverty, writes based on a Unicef report on global child poverty.

In all of Belgium, the number is down slightly compared with 2008, when around 17.2% of Belgian children lived below the poverty line. Last year, the number dropped to 16.4%, or 525,000 children.

The Unicef report sheds light on the growing gap among Belgium’s different regions. In Flanders, one child in 10 lives in poverty, while in Wallonia the number is one in four, and in Brussels one in three. With this figure, Brussels ranks lower than other European countries such as Croatia, Hungary and Bulgaria.

Unicef claims that the average family income in Belgium has fallen to the same level as at the start of the economic crisis six years ago, and urges the Belgian government to invest in measures to protect the children of poor families.

Written by Robyn Boyle


Belgian Landlord

Send them up the chimneys! But seriously - there is no poverty in this city of excessive waste. Look outside any of the houses/apartments in poor neighborhoods and you will find overflowing bin bags and food waste. There are also enough jobs for everyone, but an over attractive social welfare system which encourages so called poverty.

Oct 29, 2014 12:27

Can't agree more. Plenty of jobs, they just don't want them. To be honest, the use of the word "poverty" in this context is a bit of an insult to those who know what real poverty is.

Oct 29, 2014 13:11