In the last decade Italian families living in absolute poverty has nearly doubled (+ 93.2%), rising from 819,000 in 2005 to more than 1.5 million in 2015. Individuals with serious difficulties has even increased by 140.6% , increasing from 1.9 million to 4.6 million. The data provided by ISTAT, and processed dall’Adnkronos, shows the enormous increase in the number of people faced with serious economic difficulties.
Looking at the data of the Institute of Statistics from another point of view, that is, the percentage of poverty than the total population, it is clear that poor families increased from 3.6% of total Italian households to 6.1%. When you switch to review the data related to individuals, it goes over to double, from 3.3% in 2005 to 7.6% in 2015.
In addition to the ‘absolute poverty’, used to define the range of people who can not buy goods and services that ensure a life of dignity, poverty ‘relative’ must also be considered. This category includes those who fail to have an adequate standard of living than the average standards of the population.
Enlarging the radius, and examining the data of households living in relative poverty, shows a more modest increase: it goes from 2.4 million in 2005 to 2.7 million in the 2015, an increase of 12.4%.
Individuals have gone from 6.4 million to 8.3 million, a 29.4% increase. By examining the data in relation to the total population it shows that families in relative poverty were 10.3% of total households in 2005 and 10.4% in 2015. The increase regarding individuals in relative poverty was 11.1% in 2005 and came to 13.7% of the population last year.