(ANSA) – Rome, December 6 – Over one in four people resident in Italy in 2015, 28.7%, were “at risk of poverty or social exclusion”, according to an estimate released by national statistics agency ISTAT on Tuesday. The rate is slightly higher than that of 28.3% for 2014. As many as 17.469 million people in Italy are at risk of poverty of social exclusion, ISTAT said, translating the percentage into numbers. This means that targets set by the European Strategy 2020 are “still far off”. Under those goals, Italy must bring those at risk under the threshold of 12.882 million by 20120. The present total is “4.587 million units above that target”, ISTAT said.