11 milion people living in poverty…the 3rd world? No, this is Spain

   Crisis, unemployment, poverty and inequality. The proportion of Spaniards living below the poverty line — defined as making do on less than 60 per cent of average national income — rose to 26.7 per cent this year from 19.7 per cent in 2007, before the start of the economic downturn, according to the National Statistic Institute.   poverty in spain

   According to the latest statistics of Eurostat, social inequality as measured by the Gini coefficient (where 0 expresses perfect equality and 100 expresses maximal inequality), showed that Spain went from 31.3 in 2008 to 34 in 2011. The EU average is 30. Only 16 countries have issued their statistics for the Gini index for 2011. Of these Spain has one of the highest levels of inequality, only outstripped by Latvia with 35.2. Another measure revealing the growing inequality was shown by the ratio that measures the total income of the richest 20 percent to that received by the poorest 20 percent. The higher the ratio, the greater the inequality. Spain has risen from 5.5 in 2006 to 7.5 in 2011—the highest level in the EU, which has an average of 5.7. In this measurement, Spain outstrips Latvia, which was at 7.3 in 2011.

a whole family sleepin in the street:the bank took their house

   The number of households in which all members are unemployed soared to 1,925,200 in the third quarter of this year from just 379,300 during the same quarter of 2007. To survive, the swelling ranks of the poor are turning to charities for food, clothes and help paying utility bills. The Spanish branch of the international Catholic charity Caritas provided aid to 950,001 people last year, more than double the roughly 400,000 who received aid in 2007 before the economy tanked. Thirty per cent knocked on Caritas’ door last year for the first time in their lives.

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