The number of Polish families facing extreme poverty grew for the first time in six years in 2011, reported Dziennik Gazeta Prawna.
Some 2.6 million Poles, or 6.7 percent of the country's population, were living in extreme poverty last year, a rise of 1 percentage point on 2010.
Their spending was lower than the minimum calculated by the Institute of Labor and Social Affairs.
“This is partly the effect of low wage growth observed for at least two years and high and growing unemployment,” said Waldemar Urbaniak, a sociology professor at the Szczecin School of Humanities.
The number of Poles living in poverty is forecast to rise this year, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna wrote.
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