Poverty rises before expected fall

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29 November 2005, AMSTERDAM — Poverty levels in the Netherlands have risen in recent years, according to the Armoedemonitor (poverty monitor) 2005.

29 November 2005

AMSTERDAM — Poverty levels in the Netherlands have risen in recent years, according to the Armoedemonitor (poverty monitor) 2005.

The report was published jointly by the social and cultural planning bureau (SCP) and Statistics Netherlands (CBS) on Tuesday.

Some 680,000 households have to get by this year on a low income. This is 100,000 more than in 2002, and the poverty mostly affects non-native Dutch people, or allochtonen, the SCP said.

One positive aspect is that the SCP and CBS expect the number of low-income households to decline in 2006. But the agencies anticipate poverty in the coming years will continue to "colour", with an increasing number of allochtoon families struggling to make ends meet.

An estimated 8.8 percent of households in the Netherlands were surviving on a low income in 2002. This was the lowest poverty rate since 1985.

Now 10.5 percent of households in the Netherlands are on the poverty line. The percentage for non-Dutch households is far higher.

About three out of 10 households among the Turkish, Moroccan and Antillean communities had a low income in 2003. That was four times greater than the rate among native Dutch households. The poverty rate among the Somali, Afghan and Iraqi communities in the Netherlands is one in two.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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