Poverty in Germany has never been higher. 15.9 percent of Germans lived below the poverty line in 2019 – the value has never been higher since reunification. Geographically, Germany is divided into two parts here.
Poverty in Germany has never been higher
According to the poverty report of the Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband, poverty in Germany is at a record high. Around 13.2 million people lived in poverty last year, it says there. At 15.9 percent, the poverty rate in Germany has reached the highest level since reunification.
The welfare association called it “alarming” that groups such as single parents, the unemployed and families with many children, who have already been particularly affected for years, rose again from 2018 to 2019. Every third adult affected person is therefore employed (33 percent) or retired (almost 30 percent).
Germany is divided into two parts – Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg on the one hand and the rest of Germany on the other: the two southern federal states have a joint lower poverty rate of 12.1 percent. Outside the two federal states, on average, more than one in six lives below the poverty line.
According to the report, the most problematic state remains North Rhine-Westphalia. Since 2006, the poverty rate in the densely populated state has grown two and a half times as fast as the overall German rate.
The paritätische warned of a drastic worsening of poverty this year because of the corona crisis. Marginally employed people and young people who are already suffering from growing unemployment due to the corona are particularly affected.