SPAIN GETS BAD MARKS FOR POVERTY

According to a European Commission report, some 20% of Spaniards are in danger of falling below the poverty line, with people over 65, one-parent families, the unemployed and children being especially at risk. The study looked at data of the 25 EU countries for the period 2004-2005 and placed Spain in the D Group, along with Italy, Greece, Portugal, Letonia, Lithuania and Poland. It said that while Spain had a low number of children living in families where all the adults were unemployed, it was difficult for young people to find steady work or to buy their first house. It also found that while people over 65 were at risk of falling below the poverty line, their possibilities of getting economic help from the authorities were higher than those of young people. It said the percentage of school dropouts in Spain – 30% – was double that of the average in the rest of the EU.

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