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Almost one in four Italians in dire straits

24.9% of households in situation of 'deprivation'

11 February, 11:23
Almost one in four Italians in dire straits (ANSA) - Rome, February 11 - Almost one in four Italian households, 24.9%, are in a situation of "deprivation", Istat said Tuesday, as they are positive for at least three of the statistics agency's nine factors of economic hardship. These include the inability to meet unexpected expenses, being behind in loan payments or being unable to afford a meal with a high protein content at least once every two days.

Istat said the percentage of people in a situation of deprivation was 22.3% in 2011, when Italy entered its longest postwar recession.

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