Thursday, March 3, 2016

600,000 Dutch citizens are long-term poor

Long-term poverty is a much bigger problem than usually thought.  A new report commissioned by the Social and Cultural Planning Bureau (SCP) has found that almost 600,000 Dutch citizens have been living below the poverty line for three years or more, almost twice as many as previously found in earlier studies.  It turns out that about half of those living below the poverty line in the Netherlands may be defined as belonging to the long-term poor.  In 2013 the number of poor in the Netherlands was 1.25 million. 

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