One in six children live in relative poverty
- By: Jason O'Neale Roach
One in six of the developed world's children live in relative poverty - that is, below the national poverty line in their country - according to a new report from Unicef.
The report looked at both absolute poverty, which was defined as households with incomes below the official poverty line in the United States, and relative poverty, defined as households with an income below 50% of the median in the country studied.
In the league table of relative child poverty, the bottom four places out of 23 are occupied by the United Kingdom, Italy, the United States, and Mexico, despite the fact that the United States has the second highest per capita gross national product of members of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and the United Kingdom has the thirteenth.
Whether measured by relative or absolute poverty, the top six places in the child poverty league, in which