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Third of children in Spain at risk of poverty: Charity

Published on Jan 29, 2014 10:07 PM

MADRID (AFP) - More than a third of children in Spain live at risk of poverty, the aid charity Save the Children said on Wednesday, blaming austerity measures for worsening the situation.

The number of under-18s "at risk of poverty or marginalisation" - an official EU measure of various aspects of economic hardship - soared to more than 2.8 million in 2012, the charity said.

That was equivalent to 33.8 per cent of Spain's children, it said in a report that used the latest official European Union data.

Spain began in the third quarter of 2013 to crawl out of its second recession in five years. The double downturn has thrown millions out of work after the collapse of a building boom.

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