Certain groups such as one-parent families and the self-employed are represented in increasing numbers in the figures. Furthermore, poverty no longer appears to be a mainly urban problem, but is also present in rural areas where a large numbers of elderly people and one parent families live.
The 4th Federal Poverty Year Book concentrates mainly on the growing problem of child poverty. In 2011, 18.7 of children in Belgium were living in poverty.
One of the researchers that worked on the Year Book Ilse Pannecoucke told the press conference that "This is problematic because the children of today are the adults of tomorrow".