Though Germany has progressed over the years in many ways, there is a widening gap between the rich and poor in the country.
A recent report highlights an alarming cause for at least 12.5 million Germans, who are now being classified as poor.
This is a big deal because it’s the highest number on record since the reunification of Germany 25 years ago.
“Poverty has never been as high and the regional disunity has never run as deep,” said the head of Germany's Equal Welfare Organization, Ulrich Schneider.
The data considers anyone earning less than 60 percent of the average income as a person living in poverty.
For now, poverty stands at 15.5 percent across the country. But evidently, this number increases or decreases in different parts of Germany. Schneider said that the data shows a “ragged republic.”
For example, Berlin has a poverty rate exceeding 20 percent. On the other hand, Baden-Württemburg and Bavaria are a bit luckier, with poverty rates at around 11 percent.
In 2013, the poverty rate was 15 percent – which means that it has increased by half a percent in a small amount of time. This has people worried it’s going to increase even more.
The people most at risk of falling into poverty are the unemployed, single mothers and people without education – which is unfortunate because Germany is rather famous for its free education.
The reasons attributed to this alarming statistics are linked to the income inequality present in Germany. As such, the government is planning to deal with the situation by investing in “social integration.”