56 million people have left the most impoverished levels in Latin America

Posted on August 30, 2014 • Filed under: Culture, Latin America Health, Latin America News, Social Issues

nssoaxaca.com reported there were 190 million poor in 2000; in 2012, it was reduced to 134 million

United Nations explains that citizens in extreme poverty are those who receive up to four dollars a day. Latin Americans in this situation were 189,9 million in 2000, 41.7% of a population of 454,9 million people. In 12 years, 56.2 million left that group, so that the number of poor fell to 133,7 million in 2012, 25.3% of 528.3 million inhabitants of the region, stresses the UNDP.

This progress is the result primarily from growth in the last decade, but the study reveals that 38% was due also to redistributive policies. The results vary: in countries such as Mexico and El Salvador, the contribution of this effect exceeded 80%, while more than 80% of the reduction of poverty was due to growth in countries such as Venezuela or Colombia. Read Article

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