UNICEF voices concern over rise of poverty among children in Greece

A growing number of children in Greece are living below the poverty line or deprived of basic living requirements, according to a report carried out jointly by UNICEF and Athens University and titled “The state of children in Greece 2013” whose results were made public at a press conference on Wednesday.

The proportion of children in Greece living in poverty or social exclusion rose 9.2 percent in 2011 to reach 30.4 percent, or 597,000 children, according to the report.

Meanwhile, 322,000 children live without basic requirements such as food, transport, clothing and education, according to the report. “The situation is very worrying,” said UNICEF Greece President Lambros Kanellopoulos.