Child poverty at a time of crisis

Philip Wolmuth / Panos - UNITED KINGDOM South Yorkshire, England Great Britain UK <br /> Children in the ex-mining town of Grimethorpe. The community lost its major source of employment when the colliery closed in 1993, soon followed by the coal-fired power station and the Coalite coking works.


A first-ever analysis of new figures from the European Union's Statistics on Income and Living Conditions household surveys reveals the extent of child poverty and child deprivation in the world's advanced economies. Some 13 million children in the EU, plus Norway and Iceland, are found to be "deprived", lacking basic items necessary for their development.
Meanwhile, 30 million children live in relative poverty in 35 countries with developed economies.

Report Card 10 looks at child poverty and child deprivation across the industrialized world, comparing and ranking countries' performance. This international comparison shows that child poverty in these countries is not inevitable, but policy susceptible - and that some countries are doing much better than others at protecting their most vulnerable children.

"Failure to protect children from today's economic crisis is one of the most costly mistakes a society can make," says Gordon Alexander, Director of UNICEF's Office of Research.

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  • Tens of millions of children living in poverty in the world's richest countries

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Child Poverty in Rich Countries : Report Card 10

Chris De Neubourg discusses international data from UNICEF's Report Card 10

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RC10 - boy - hands in pockets

Philip Wolmuth / Panos - UNITED KINGDOM South Yorkshire, England Great Britain UK <br /> Children in the ex-mining town of Grimethorpe. The community lost its major source of employment when the colliery closed in 1993, soon followed by the coal-fired power station and the Coalite coking works.

RC10 - A boy plays football

Alfredo Caliz / Panos - SPAIN Melilla -  A boy plays football in the run down and unstable area of Canada Hidum in Melilla.

RC10 - Children play in the gardens

Piotr Malecki / Panos - GERMANY Berlin -  Children play in the gardens of an apartment block in Treptow, which used to be part of East Berlin

RC10 - Boys play amongst the empty buildings

Tim Dirven / Panos - LATVIA Liepaja -  Boys play amongst the empty buildings of Karosta naval base. The base, built for the Russian army, includes Soviet housing blocks that were once home to 20,000 people. When the Russian army left Latvia in 1994, after the country became independent, Karosta became largely uninhabited and most of its structures were left to rot.

RC10 - A grandmother pushing her grandchild

Tim Dirven / Panos - BULGARIA Bansko  -  A grandmother pushing her grandchild in a pram past new apartments that are being marketed to foreign tourists during the real estate boom in Bankso. Until recently, the traditional village of Bansko, which lies near the Pirin Mountains in southwestern Bulgaria, was only a small ski resort. However, it is rapidly becoming a popular winter holiday destination for foreign, particularly English, tourists and has grown considerably in size following Bulgaria's entrance into the EU.

RC10 - Oddly reflected image

Espen Rasmussen / Panos - LATVIA Cesu Rajons -  A window captures reflected images of some of the residents living in Cesu Rajons province. Latvia has one of the fastest growing economies in the EU, but many people in rural areas still live below the poverty line.

RC10 - Girls and boys playing football

Xavier Cervera / Panos - SPAIN Vila-real (Villarreal), Castellon) -   Girls and boys playing football next to El Madrigal, the stadium which is the home of Villarreal football club.

RC10 - part of a wall

David Rose / Panos - UNITED KINGDOM Manchester, England, Great Britain, UK  - Derelict Victorian tenement housing in Salford.

RC10 - Boy preparing to fly a kite

Mikkel Ostergaard / Panos - CZECH REPUBLIC Most -  Boy preparing to fly a kite against the backdrop of Most's heavy industry

RC10 - Couple looking out of window - small girl sitting below window

Mikkel Ostergaard / Panos - POLAND Katowice - Poor family living in a slum area near the coal mine where the father works.

RC10 - Woman carrying blue plastic bath

Petrut Calinescu / Panos - ROMANIA Vulcan, Hunedoara -  A woman carries her child and a plastic baby bath on the outskirts of Vulcan.