More than 10m Germans threatened by poverty

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5 December 2006, Berlin (dpa) - Some 10.6 million Germans or 13 per cent of the population are in danger of falling into poverty, the Federal Statistics Office said on Tuesday. Some 1.7 million of those affected are children, the office's vice president, Walter Radermacher, said in Berlin. Single parents, young people who left school early, the unemployed and those living in the former Communist eastern part of Germany are at the greatest risk of being trapped by poverty. "Unemployment and the lack of a pr

5 December 2006

Berlin (dpa) - Some 10.6 million Germans or 13 per cent of the population are in danger of falling into poverty, the Federal Statistics Office said on Tuesday.

Some 1.7 million of those affected are children, the office's vice president, Walter Radermacher, said in Berlin.

Single parents, young people who left school early, the unemployed and those living in the former Communist eastern part of Germany are at the greatest risk of being trapped by poverty.

"Unemployment and the lack of a proper educational qualification are the main factors," Radermacher said in presenting a survey called "Life in Europe."

More than 40 per cent of those without jobs and a quarter of those without proper qualifications are threatened by poverty compared to only 5 per cent of those who are employed, he said.

The survey compares living conditions in the 25 members of the European Union, Norway and Iceland based on information compiled from 2004.

In Germany people are considered in danger of falling into poverty, if they have less than 856 euros (1,112 dollars) a month at their disposal.

DPA

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