Inequality grows among children in high income countries

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The gap between rich and poor is at its highest level in three decades in most high-income countries. Photo: UNICEF Innocenti

Inequality among children in high income countries is growing, according to a report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

The Innocenti Report Card 13 presents evidence on the ways inequality is affecting children in areas such as education and life satisfaction.

Janie Cangelosi reports.

The report looks at the inequality of income, education, health and general satisfaction about life, comparing children in 41 countries.

Young people in Denmark are most equal, while those in Israel experience most inequality.

In 19 countries, more than 10 per cent of children live in households with less than half the median income of all 41 countries covered by the data.

While inequality in self-reported health symptoms increased in almost all countries between 2002 and 2014, inequality in physical activity and poor diet decreased in a majority of countries.

The director of UNICEF's Innocenti office, Sarah Cook said the Report Card provides a "clear reminder that the well-being of children in any country is not an inevitable outcome of individual circumstances or of the level of economic development but is shaped by policy choices,"

The 41 countries surveyed are from the European Union and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Janie Cangelosi, United Nations

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