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More and more Italian families with kids living in poverty

Over 16% with three or more kids in absolute poverty

More and more Italian families with kids living in poverty

Rome, July 17 – The percentage of Italian families with three or more children who are living in absolute poverty jumped to 16.2% last year from 10.4% in 2011, the national statistics agency said Wednesday. And in families with three small children, poverty soared to 17.1% last year from 10.9% one year earlier, Istat reported. Amid rising unemployment and a stubborn recession in Italy, the number of single-parent families in absolute poverty jumped to 9.1% from 5.8% the previous year. (photo: children playing near a trash heap in Palermo)

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