The Poorest in Latin American Are the Mexicans
The latest United Nations report on child poverty finds a staggering 600 million children worldwide living on less than a dollar a day. Over 20 million of them live in Mexico, though Mexican officials say the true number there is much smaller. Fighting child poverty is a great challenge in Mexico. (CCTV America)
One in three people living in extreme poverty in Latin America are Mexicans, according to the World Bank and the National Council for the Evaluation of Policy for Social Development (Coneval) which measures poverty in the country.
CONEVAL says that the way to reduce poverty in a sustainable way is to improve the income of the population, a situation complicated by the economic environment facing the region.
The number of extreme poor in Latin America, those living on US$1.90 dollars of income per day - about 33 pesos - reached 33.8 million people, according data updated Wednesday by the World Bank.
In Mexico, the number of people in extreme poverty is 11.4 million people, according to data from the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL), which is the body responsible for measuring poverty.
This means that 33 percent of people living in poverty in Latin America, almost one in three, are from Mexico.
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