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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The number of Brazilians living below the poverty line in the country increased by over two million people from 2016 and 2017, according to a new report by Brazil’s IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Statistics). Most of the increase was seen in the class of those considered in extreme poverty.

“This means that the proportion of the population living in poverty rose from 25.7 percent to 26.5 percent. In absolute terms, this number ranged from 52.8 to 54.8 million people during the period,” stated the report . . .

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