The number of people living in “deep poverty” in Hungary has dropped, official figures show.
New data released by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) shows a significant decline in the number of Hungarians living on the poverty line.
Bence Rétvári, parliamentary state secretary for the Ministry of Human Resources, said the numbers are not really something that even the European Commission can argue with.
Rétvári added that the latest data showed that people’s lives have become more predictable and secure since 2010.
The data verified by Eurostat shows that the proportion of people living in extreme poverty has fallen to 1.4 percent in 2017 from 4.9 percent in 2012.
The state secretary said this means that 375,000 fewer people are extremely poor. He added that the Hungarian data is better than the European Union average of 1.7 percent.