Greece poverty

That latest figures* from Eurostat revealed that one in ten employed persons aged 18 years or over in the EU, were found to be at risk of poverty, with Greece ranking 6th on the list.

The share of in-work persons at-risk-of-poverty rates showed Greece at 11% in 6th place, with the highest rates observed in Romania (15.3%), followed by Luxembourg (13.5%), Spain (12.9%), Italy (12.2%), and United Kingdom (11.3%) while the lowest rates were recorded in Finland (3.1%), Czechia (3.4%), Ireland (4.9%), Belgium and Croatia (both 5.2%) as well as Denmark (5.4%).

Although Greece was ranked in the 6th highest place, Eurostat reports that the highest decreases in the share of employed persons at risk of poverty over the last decade were observed in Greece (-3.3%), Latvia and Romania (-2.4%), Portugal (-2.1%) and Finland (-2.0%).

Part-time workers and employees on temporary contracts are more likely to be at risk of in-work poverty than those who work full-time and who have permanent contracts. In 2018, part-time workers in the EU were at twice the risk of monetary poverty (15.7%) than those employed full-time (7.8%), while employees with temporary jobs had almost a three times higher risk (16.2%) than those with permanent jobs (6.1%).

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