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12% of Austrian Population at Risk of Poverty

Published: January 21, 2011; 00:23 · (Vindobona)

Europe 2020 strategy against risk-of-poverty and exclusion: Every sixth person in Austria is in target population.

12% of Austrian Population at Risk of Poverty / Picture: © Vindobona.org

About 1.2 million persons in Austria are at-risk-of-poverty or exclusion according to EU-SILC 2009. That means they are at-risk-of-poverty, live in households without any or with very low work intensity or face severe material deprivation (EU-definition).

Families with children are especially affected. People at-risk-of-poverty or exclusion are the target population of the new Europe 2020 strategy that aims at reducing their number substantially by the year 2020.

The at-risk-of-poverty threshold for a single-person household in Austria is at the moment € 994 per month. For each additional adult the threshold is raised by € 497, for each child by €298. In total, 12% of the population were considered at risk of poverty in 2009, that is about one million persons. Of those 12% of the population at risk of poverty, about half is at the same time confronted with financial deprivation (488 000 persons). Manifest poverty in 2009 is at 6%, the same as in 2008.

The most recent results of Statistics Austria based on EU-SILC 2009 show that nearly every third person (30%) in a single-parent household is at risk of poverty. This means that this group along with single retired women (28%) and persons with a foreign (non-EU/EFTA) citizenship (26%) have the highest poverty risks. For families with three or more children every fifth person (20%) is living in a household that is at risk of poverty.

About 7% of the Austrian workforce has an income below the at-risk-of-poverty threshold. Thus, 241 persons are classified as so called “working poor”. 74% of this group has been employed less than 10 months in 2010, had no fixed position, received a net income less than € 5.77 per hour or were employed less than 12 hours per week.

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