21% of Bulgarians at Risk of Poverty - Poll

Society | December 19, 2010, Sunday // 12:41
21% of Bulgarians at Risk of Poverty - Poll: 21% of Bulgarians at Risk of Poverty - Poll Every 5th Bulgarian household does not purchase the needed medications over shortage of money. File photo

The negative effect of the economic crisis on Bulgaria's population is going down, according to poll conducted by the "Open Society" Institute and the World Bank.

The poll, involving 6 225 respondents, shows the percentage of those affected by the crisis was 19% in September 2010, compared to 24% in February.

Poverty line, however, remains high, especially compared to the EU average. In September 21.4% of Bulgarians were at risk of poverty, compared to 21.1% in January, according to the EU statistical office Eurostat.

Every 3rd household limits the consumption of food while every 5th does not purchase the needed medications.

8% of those polled say they skip meals while this percentage reaches 17% among the most disadvantaged sectors of society.

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Tags: economic crisis, effect, poverty line, Open Society, World Bank, poll
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