One in six children in Oslo are officially poor

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One in six children in Oslo are officially poor
Volunteers give out food parcels at Oslo's Fattighuset - Fattighuset

One in six Oslo children grow up in families below the poverty line, according to a new report by Statistics Norway.


According to the report, Economic and Living Conditions for Low-Income Groups, 15.6 percent of children in Oslo come from families classed as poor, more than double the 7.6 percent rate for the country as a whole. 
The agency points the finger at the capital's high number of immigrants, who are over-represented in poverty statistics. 
As many as 67 percent of Somali children and 41 percent of Pakistani children come from families classed as poor, the agency reports. 
The European Union defines a poor family as one where the income is below 60 percent of the median income for the country in which they live. 


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