Poverty in Germany

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It may be hard to believe, but even in Germany – such a rich country – there is poverty. Dennis and Julius are homeless – they have no place to live, so they are on the street. About 300,000 people are affected by homelessness in Germany, among them around 30,000 children. It's not because there are too few apartments or because there is no state support. Poverty, and a range of psychological and social factors, are what lead to people living on the street. The official poverty line in Germany is set at less than 60 percent of the average income. About 16 percent of people in the country are affected (about 13 million people), and that number has grown in the past few years. The poor are mostly concentrated in the states of Berlin, Bremen and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.