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Poverty remains high in Germany among single parents, the jobless and elderly despite solid economic data, say social welfare groups. Low-skill workers have become disconnected from economic success. The term used across the EU refers to anyone, child or adult, who lives on less than 60 percent of the medium income as measured statistically.
Experts said the results overall continued to point to massive inequality in German society, despite glowing data such as Tuesday's announcement that export-driven Germany last year recorded its highest federal budget surplus since reunification, and despite its taking in 1 million refugees.
That was down a slight 0. Highlighting child poverty, the federation said 19 percent of Germany's youngsters lived in relative poverty. Half of these were children living in a single-parent household. And, at Relative poverty had climbed to a record 20 percent in North Rhine-Westphalia's Ruhr district, once the motor of German heavy industry and now the scene of economic and urban redevelopment efforts.
She told the German news agency DPA that the gap in Germany between poor and rich continued to widen. Spannegel said the so-called low wage sector involving menial jobs had become disconnected from overall economic gains. In addition, there had been a surge in individuals earning from their capital investments.
She pointed to data from the federal statistics office, showing that more than half or nearly 52 percent of net assets in Germany were owned by just ten percent of the population. In a glaring contrast, half of Germany's population of 81 million owns only just over one percent of assets. In the s, the risk of falling from the middle income milieu into poverty had been around 12 percent, she said.
Since , the risk had risen to 16 percent. Oxfam and the public relations firm Edelmann warned that the world's widening gap between haves and have-nots since the global financial crisis was fueling the rise of populist politicians. Oxfam said just 62 rich individuals possessed as much wealth as half of the world's population, amounting to 3. It is simply unacceptable that the poorest half of the world's population owns no more than a few dozen super-rich people who could fit into one bus, said Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam's international executive director.
The theme of Davos was the "fourth industrial revolution" associated with trends such as biotechnology and robotics, which experts predict could wipe out many simple jobs. How poor is Germany really? Staff at centers handing out food to the needy know the answer: Many people can't afford to eat properly. DW visited a center in Cologne that provides food for people to survive. Governments are offering financial help at an unprecedented peacetime level due to the COVID pandemic.
But many recipients face delays in receiving their cash, while needless bureaucracy leaves others with nothing. From birth to death, no matter where we are, someone hopefully takes care of us. Likely, it is a woman who is not being paid for it. Critics say Germany is a "tax haven for multimillionaires. More info OK. Wrong language?
Change it here DW. COM has chosen English as your language setting. COM in 30 languages. Deutsche Welle. Audiotrainer Deutschtrainer Die Bienenretter. News 'Massive' rich-poor gap in German society Poverty remains high in Germany among single parents, the jobless and elderly despite solid economic data, say social welfare groups. One in five Ruhr residents impoverished Relative poverty had climbed to a record 20 percent in North Rhine-Westphalia's Ruhr district, once the motor of German heavy industry and now the scene of economic and urban redevelopment efforts.
Gap between rich and poor 'massive,' says Spannagel. Food poverty rife even in wealthy Germany How poor is Germany really? Date Please include your name and country in your reply.
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'Massive' rich-poor gap in German society
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