The impoverishment in Germany is progressing in leaps and bounds. The “risk of poverty” is declining, but facts can be statistically easily “corrected”.
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No Real Poverty – Just “Endangerment”
The impoverishment of the people in Germany is picking up speed. However, the official statisticians, like many a “welfare organization”, still do not speak of poverty, but of a “poverty risk”. Purely linguistic cosmetics intended to conceal the actually catastrophic situation. Still, this cramped euphemism remains an insult to anyone with even a semi-functioning intellect. The public employees who are supported by the taxpayers, as well as some writers from the media, which are increasingly subsidized by the public sector, apparently consider their “subjects” to be mentally quite weak.
17.3 million people affected
The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) published the figures on the “risk of poverty” in Germany in 2022. According to this, around 17.3 million people were “at risk of poverty or social exclusion”. That is 20.9 percent of the population. So “just” a threat, but not affected?! In Germany, people are considered to be at risk of poverty if they have less than 60 percent of the median income.
According to the “EU standard”, the following definition applies according to Destatis:
“The person’s income is below the at-risk-of-poverty line, the household is affected by significant material and social deprivation, or the person lives in a household with a very low labor force participation rate.”
Doing your own calculations is often better
In 2022, the average income in Germany was 4,105 euros per month. Before taxes and duties, of course. Since it is important for survival what the value-adder is allowed to keep in his pocket at the end of the month (before deducting VAT, mineral oil tax, energy tax, etc., etc.), only the net amount is of interest. In 2022, this was 2,590 euros per month. The argument that the pension entitlement also increases with the social security contributions can be dispensed with in advance. This should come into play first.
The same statisticians say that the average income (net) in 2019 was 1,972 euros. This meant that incomes increased by almost 34 percent within 3 years, including the “corona recession”. That sounds a little adventurous.
An arbitrary upper limit set
According to the official definition, everyone who had less than 1,554 euros per month was at risk of poverty in 2022. However, this value was not adopted and a separate limit was defined. The so-called poverty line in 2022 was 1,250 euros. Why? Only the statisticians and their clients know that. This was for a single household. For two adults with two children under the age of 14, the threshold was 2,625 euros per month.
The official data
However, this “over-the-thumb calculation” with the 60 percent of the middle income has so far applied with moderate inflation. However, this moderate range was left significantly upwards in the course of 2022. This would also have to be additionally taken into account and seems to be covered by the “EU standard”.
In Germany in 2022, a total of 14.7 percent of the population, or 12.2 million people, were affected by “pure poverty risk”.
“Significant material and social deprivation” affected 6.1 percent, or 5.1 million people.
Destatis reports 9.7 percent of those under the age of 65, or 6.1 million people, living in households with “very low labor force participation” in 2022. Apparently older people are sorted into the category of retirees.
A description of the “risk of poverty” within the EU is not yet possible. More than half of the EU member states have not yet disclosed their figures. I wonder why?
This path finds a continuation
The impoverishment of the people in the so-called rich countries is intentional. There is no need for a crystal ball or horoscopes. It is enough to look at the Catholic social teaching as well as on the catchment areas of this church in the political, social and economic area in order to recognize and understand the goals.
Unfortunately, due to various “Pavlovian reflexes”, it has to be emphasized again and again that “understanding something” is not the same as “having an understanding”.