Child poverty and the social integration income in Portugal: the same problem, different trends

Fernando Diogo



This paper focuses on the finding that the proportion of children (0-17 years) among the recipients of Social Integration Income (RSI) has been consistently declining for several years in contrast to a persistently high child poverty rate. This contradiction is demonstrated thru the use of RSI data cross-referenced with INE statistics on child poverty (ICOR-EU-SILC), measured by monetary poverty. A hypothesis is developed to explain this contradiction based on the legal transformations of the RSI and the difficulty of the state to develop measures of social support with impact on child poverty.


Pobreza Infantil; Rendimento Social de Inserção; Estatísticas

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