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Innocenti Social Monitor 2006 - An overview

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This overview summarises the main findings of the Innocenti Social Monitor 20061. The study examines child poverty and deprivation in 20 of the 28 countries that now stand in the place of the original nine centrally planned countries in Europe and the Soviet Union prior to 1989: the 12 Former Soviet Union countries which are part of the CIS and the eight countries in SEE2.

For the purposes of this study, child poverty is understood both as income poverty, when a child lives in a household with consumption expenditure below a minimum level, and also as deprivations measured in non-monetary terms, such as education and health deprivation, living in overcrowded housing conditions, or being deprived of a family upbringing.

One in four children in the region is living in extreme income poverty, and child poverty is becoming concentrated in specific population groups: children in large or non-nuclear families, children living in institutions, in rural areas, and in certain regions and smaller towns. It is also among these vulnerable groups that improvements in health indicators have been slow, and enrollments in pre-school and upper secondary education are below average.

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