Figure 8 – Children (aged 0 to 16 years) 'at risk of poverty or social exclusion

Child poverty rates have edged up in most developed countries over the past 20 years.
The proportion of children at risk (27.4%) was greater than for any other age group and
for the EU population as a whole (24.4%)36 in the EU-28. Between 2008 and 2014, four
EU Member States saw a reduction in children at risk of poverty and social exclusion
(notably Poland with -5.0%). However the situation of children deteriorated in
24 others, most seriously in Greece, Hungary, Malta, and Spain, with an increase of more than 5% in all those countries.