Generational poverty

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Generational poverty is a term defined as having been in poverty for at least two generations.[1] It can affect every aspect of a person’s life: physical, social, emotional and mental.[2]


People with a background of generational poverty are born into disadvantage and lack tools and oportunities that are present in those experiencing situational poverty. Therefore, it can be extremely difficult, if not virtually impossible, for them to escape poverty.[3]

Some common characteristics among many people who experience generational poverty:

  • Family has never owned land
  • Lack of access to higher education
  • Low-skilled jobs
  • High mobility
  • Low family literacy[4]
  • Dependance on welfare



Often, generational poverty is associated with specific ethnic/cultural groups. Generational poverty is strongly established in some groups, like lower castes in India, Irish Travelers in Ireland or many African Americans in the United States, as well as Apartheid victims in South Africa.


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  2. "What is Generational Poverty?". Retrieved 20 May 2018. 
  3. "Generational Poverty". Retrieved 21 May 2018. 
  4. "Generational Poverty". Retrieved 20 May 2018.