Material deprivation in 2017

Material deprivation in 2017

The EU-SILC survey, organised by Statbel, the Belgian statistical office, has delivered its first results on the evolution of poverty in Belgium in 2017.

  • In 2017, 5 % of the population were faced with a situation of severe material deprivation in Belgium;
  • Going on holidays or being able to face unforeseen expenditures is impossible for 25 % of Belgians;More than one person out of ten deprives himself of leisure activities or social contact for financial reasons;
  • In total, 21 % of Belgians report having difficulties to make ends meet.

These provisional results are the first indicators available on poverty in Belgium in 2017 from the SILC survey and will be supplemented in the coming months with the monetary indicators.