Monday, July 25, 2011

New trend in disturbing growth of Mexican poverty: Cities hit worse than countryside

Coneval, Mexico's national council for the evaluation of social policies, found that, not too surprising, poverty has grown a lot in Mexico the past years. While the El Universal article on the data clumsily does not provide any context for its measurements, the absolute figures speak for themselves:

Twenty-three million people, more 20 percent of Mexico's population, do not have sufficient economic resources to ensure basic daily food consumption.

And what is perhaps a surprise: Following the 2008-9 crisis, poverty has grown much more in the cities than in the countryside (see graphic below). That was certainly not the case before - the cities were almost always better off. I hope to get into the report the coming days for some summary findings.

From El Universal

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