In 2017, Malta had one of the lowest proportions of young people aged 18-24 in work and at risk of poverty in the European Union, according to statistics agency Eurostat.
Only 5.1 per cent of young, employed people in Malta were at risk of poverty. Indeed, Malta just missed out on joining the three EU nations with rates below 5 per cent - the Czech Republic (1.5 per cent), Slovakia (3.8 per cent) and Finland (4.2 per cent).
In contrast, the highest proportion of young people aged 18-24 in work and at risk of poverty in 2017 was in Romania (28.2 per cent), surprisingly followed by affluent Luxembourg (20.0 per cent) and Denmark (19.1 per cent). The young people of Spain and Estonia followed, at 19 per cent and 18.4 per cent respectively.
Individuals are identified as being at risk of poverty if their equivalised disposable income is less than 60 per cent of the median equivalised disposable income after social transfers have been taken into account.
The proportion of young people at risk of poverty EU-wide was estimated to be 11 per cent, 1.1 percentage points below the figure for 2016. The proportion has fallen each year since a peak in 2014 (12.9 per cent).
The at-risk-of-poverty rate for all people in work in the EU was 9.4 per cent in 2017, and has varied around 9.5 per cent since 2014.