Child poverty in Germany is more widespread than previously thought, according to the findings o new study published by the Bertelsmann Foundation (the country’s largest private operating non-profit foundation) on May 10.
As reported by Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany’s international broadcaster, the data show public assistance often does not meet the needs of children growing up under and near the poverty threshold.
One out of every five children under the age of 15 is at risk of poverty. This is about 2.1 million children living in a household that has a national income that is less than 60% of the average national income.
An additional 480,000 children are living just above this swell at the poverty line, reports DW.
The study also found that government programmes are not doing enough to alleviate “lack of material supplies and social participation” that give children an equal start in life.
For instance, 10% of children living in poverty lack proper clothing to keep warm during the winter and a majority cannot afford to see a movie or attend a concert.
“Government support for poor families is not oriented towards the needs of the children, often not even taking them into consideration,” according to the study.