Mexico’s poor increased to 43.9% of population during pandemic, versus 41.9% in 2018

The country also added 2.1 million people in extreme poverty for a total of 10.8 million. This represented a proportion of 8.5% of the population and an increase of 1.5 percentage points compared to 2018.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Mexico added 3.8 million new poor in 2020 due to the crisis derived from the pandemic, raising the figure to 55.7 million people, against 51.9 million in 2018, revealed Thursday the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (Coneval).

The percentage of the population living in poverty grew to 43.9% in 2020 versus the 41.9% proportion in 2018, according to the latest measurement by Coneval, the agency in charge of official poverty data in Mexico.

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