Albanians most at risk of poverty in Europe – EURACTIV.com
More than half of Albanians were at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2020, the highest percentage in Europe according to the EU statistical agency, EUROSTAT.
Watch data of the EU Member States, EEA and Western Balkan countries, Albania performed the worst with 51% of the population at risk. The second was Montenegro with around 40%, followed by Turkey with 38% and North Macedonia with around 35%.
By way of comparison, the European average is 21.9% of the population.
EUROSTAT defines people at risk of poverty as households facing severe material and social deprivation, unable to afford a set of material items or predefined social activities, or having very low domestic work intensity.
Across the continent, women, young adults and those with low levels of education were most likely to be considered at risk. As for, those under 18 and 18-24 were the most at risk.
While Albania performed the worst overall, the most problematic EU Member States were Romania with around 35% and Bulgaria with a similar level. Latvia also had a high rate of families without dependent children.
The minimum wage in Albania is € 242.50 per month, but many work cheaper in the large informal economy. The average salary would be around 460 € per month previously. The unemployment rate is around 12% in March 2021.
(Alice Taylor | Exit.al)