A quarter of children in Malta are at risk of poverty or social exclusion, according to the European Union’s statistics agency Eurostat. The situation has improved, slightly.

In 2013, the data showed 32% of children in Malta at risk. It’s decreased annually since then: 31.3% in 2014, 28.2% in 2015 and 24% in 2016.

Malta’s Labour Party has stated satisfaction that there are a total of 6,000 less children at risk of poverty or social exclusion since coming to power.

As reported by Malta Today, the government continues to work to decrease the number further.

Data published by Eurostat show that 24.8m children are at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU last year. This is a quarter of the EU population.

The same data shows that children at highest risk are those in Romania (49.2%), Bulgaria (45.6%), Serbia (40.3%) and Greece (37.5%).

Denmark has the lowest number of children at risk (13.8%), followed by Finland (14.7%) and Slovenia (14.9%).