OECD report rates child poverty in Israel among highest

May 3, 2011 19:00


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Israel and Mexico have the highest rate of child poverty among the 35 member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), with more than a quarter of children living in poor households, a new report released by the Paris-based organization has revealed.

According to the report, which is entitled “Doing Better for Families” and provides detailed data on families in all of the member-countries, child poverty rates in Israel are several times higher than in Denmark, which has the best record, and highlights that roughly one in five children lives below the poverty line.

The report also notes that while most countries with high levels of female employment rates tend to have low child poverty rates, Israel, Portugal and the United States are the exceptions to this rule.

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