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Absolute poverty double since 2005, triple in north

Relative poverty at record high since 1997

30 December, 15:03
Absolute poverty double since 2005, triple in north (ANSA) - Rome, December 30 - The number of people in crisis-hit Italy living in absolute poverty has doubled between 2005 and 2012 and tripled in the industrial north, up to 6.4% from 2.5%, according to an annual report on social cohesion by national statistics bureau Istat released on Monday.

The report also highlighted that 12.7% of families and 15.8% of individuals living in Italy suffered from relative poverty in 2012, the highest level since 1997 when the bureau started recording poverty levels in the country.

Italy has seen the risk-of-poverty rate rise to almost 30% in 2012, according to the 'Europe 2020' report, the highest recorded in Europe after Greece, the report on social cohesion also noted.