Economic poverty rates in Poland in 2020

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In 2020, the extreme poverty rate in Poland was around 5% compared to 4% in 2019. This occurred with a substantial decrease in the level of household expenditure. The deterioration of the material situation of some households and the increase in extreme poverty in Poland are associated with the introduction, since March 2020, of the freezing of part of the economy and restrictions in social contacts, in response to the appearance of the coronavirus in Poland and the outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic. Higher level of extreme poverty than in 2019 affected most of the population groups considered but the level of change varied. However, this did not change the image of social differentiation in the extreme poverty rate in Poland. The value of the relative poverty rate fell to approximately 12% (by about 1 p.p.), and the legal poverty rate remained at the level of about 9%.