Most people manage to rise above the poverty risk of their parents

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Most people manage to rise above the poverty risk of their parents

Most children from poor families manage to rise above the poverty risk of their parents. This emerges from new research by Statistics Netherlands (CBS). It is generally more difficult for children from migrant families to move up the income ladder. They more often inherit the risk of poverty from their parents.

The statistics office looked at the income of families and not at, for example, how much savings people have in reserve. But 9.6 percent of children living in a low-income family in 1995 were still at risk of poverty in their own household 25 years later. This means that more than nine out of ten children did not have to deal with a low income like their parents.

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Among children born abroad from low-income families, 14 percent remained at risk of poverty. Children born in the Netherlands with one or two foreign parents ‘inherited’, as the CBS puts it, relatively often their parents’ limited income. When looking at origin groups, it is the Moroccan Dutch who most often fail to rise above the risk of poverty of their parents. This is most often the case with Indonesian Dutch people.

According to Statistics Netherlands, a total of almost 5.5 percent of the inhabitants of the Netherlands in 2020 and 2021 were part of a household with a low income. This concerns families whose income is at most 2170 euros. In 1995 that limit was still converted to 1320 euros.

Most children from poor families manage to rise above the poverty risk of their parents. (ANP / Hans van Rhoon)

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