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New UCA report: 31.4% of population live in poverty, almost half are children

The report differs slightly from the INDEC national statistic bureau’s latest findings which indicated a poverty rate of 28.6 percent in the first quarter.

Sunday 17 December, 2017
The report also indicated that almost half of the people living in poverty in Argentina are children aged 0 to 14.
The report also indicated that almost half of the people living in poverty in Argentina are children aged 0 to 14. Foto:Cedoc.

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Numbers came in thick and fast again this week, with the headline statistic focused on production. Thirteen-and-a half million people live in poverty in Argentina, a report commissioned by the Catholic University of Argentina (UCA) revealed this week. 

Within the 31.4 percent of the population experiencing poverty, 5.9 percent live in a situation of extreme poverty, or “destitution.” This equates to roughly 2.5 million people. The report also indicated that almost half of the people living in poverty in Argentina are children aged 0 to 14. 

The UCA’s Social Debt Observatory prepared the report using third-quarter income statistics, 2010 census data and a set of seven variables.

The report differs slightly from the INDEC national statistic bureau’s latest findings which indicated a poverty rate of 28.6 percent in the first quarter. 

In the report, UCA warned that the data should not be compared to previous quarters because of changes to its methodology. Notwithstanding, it determined that there “has probably been a deterioration in real wages in the lower strata of our socioeconomic structure,” indicating an increasing gap between rich and poor. 


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