UNICEF Innocenti Report Card 12: Children of the Recession: The impact of the economic crisis on child well-being in rich countries

2.6 million children have sunk below the poverty line in the world’s most affluent countries since 2008

Innocenti Report Card 12, Children of the Recession: The impact of the economic crisis on child well-being in rich countries, ranks 41 countries in the OECD and the European Union according to whether levels of child poverty have increased or decreased since 2008.

It also tracks the proportion of 15-24 year-olds who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). The report includes Gallup World Poll data on people’s perceptions of their economic status and hopes for the future since the recession began.

Europe is the continent that has suffered the most an increase in child poverty during the crisis: the largest increase in child poverty has been in southern European countries – Greece, Italy and Spain – as well as in Croatia, the three Baltic States and three other states that have been hard hit by the recession are Iceland, Ireland and Luxembourg.

Download here the Report Card 12.