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Poverty increased to high levels in Los Cabos and Quintana Roo

 


According to Mexico's Poverty-Measurement Organization (CONEVAL), 3.8 million more Mexicans fell into poverty in 2020 than in 2018, owing mostly to the coronavirus outbreak. 


Poor individuals accounted for 43.9 percent of the population, or 55.7 million of Mexico's 126 million people, up from 41.9 percent two years before. Approximately 2.1 million of the 3.8 million newly poor people slipped into extreme poverty, which is defined as being unable to meet basic requirements such as food, clothes, and shelter. Extreme poverty affects 10.8 million Mexicans, or around 8.5 percent of the population.


In Mexico's most tourism-dependent states, poverty increased the highest. Poverty increased by 17.3% in the Caribbean coast state of Quintana Roo in 2020, and by 9% in Baja California Sur, home to the twin resorts of Los Cabos. 


The governor is concerned but the president AMLO does not believe these statistics

Although Governor Carlos Mendoza Davis said he was very concerned about the poverty indicators in Los Cabos, due to the fact that the state's economy depends 70 percent on tourism, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who was visiting today, said he does not trust those figures.


"The way of measuring welfare must be modified, not everything related to welfare depends only on economic indicators. I have, for example, my way of measuring, now I do have other data," said the Mexican president.


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