SERBIA: 700,000 LIVE BELOW POVERTY THRESHOLD, NEARLY 10%
04 April , 16:25
(ANSAmed) - BELGRADE, APRIL 4 - In Serbia, 700,000 people, the equivalent of 10% of the entire population, live below the poverty threshold. This means that these neediest families (averaging three members) have a monthly income less than 18,500 dinars (about 181 euros), a figure that is far below the basket of minimum expenses estimated at 23,000 dinars (225 euros), said Labour Minister Rasim Ljajic, speaking to 'TV B92'. "Serbia is not Belgrade, and 30km to the north and to the south of the capital, the situation is very different," said Ljajic, who added that the population in these areas "is in the midst of a catastrophic situation resulting from botched privatisations and a lack of progress in the transitional process. The people in these areas are living in the 1990s mentally," added the minister.