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Balkans: Poverty

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent estimate he has made of the extent of poverty in (a) Kosovo and (b) other Balkan countries; and if he will make a statement. (279612)

The World Bank’s October 2007 “Kosovo Poverty Assessment Report” estimated that approximately 45 per cent. of the population in Kosovo live below the national poverty line, and 15 per cent. of the population is considered extremely poor. A further 18 per cent. are seen as vulnerable to poverty.

Kosovo is the poorest region in the Balkans. The Department for International Development (DFID) also works in Bosnia and Herzegovina where 18.2 per cent. of the population is reported as living in relative poverty (World Bank, 2007), and in Serbia where the official government poverty figures for 2006 stood at 8.8 per cent.