More than 50 million Mexicans, or 47.4% of the entire Mexican population, are drowning in poverty according to recently published Coneval- National Advisors of Evaluations and Social Developement- reports.
Between 2006 and 2008, the primary periods which were compared in the report, the poverty stricken population of Mexico has increased by almost 5%, or 5.1 million additional poor.
In total there are 50.6 million Mexicans, in a country with a total population of roughly 107 million, who live in extreme patrimonial poverty. Patrimonial poverty, is another way to say they do not have sufficiant income to satisfy their basic health, food, education, home, clothing, and transportation needs.
Equally, the amount of alimentaria poor, or people who do not have enough income to purchase primary alimentation staples, cases have risen from 13.8% in 2006 to 18.2% in 2008.
According to statistics, 7.2 million citizens affected by alimentation poverty live in urban areas of more than 15 thousand habiatants while 12.2% live in rural areas.
This data is reflecting we are simply not improving in a progressive manner. In 1992, the patrimonial poverty rate was at 53,1% and the alimentation at 21,4%. In 2000, eight years later, it was even worse with indexes slightly higher in both categories; 53,6% and 24,1%, respectivly.
On a positive note, the percentage of 65 and older habitants who do not receive a government aid pension has decreased significantly. In 1992, within the 20% of the Mexico’s poorest population, 94.1% of the habitants aged 65 and older did not work and did not receive any type of pension. This percentage was reduced to 90.6% in 2006 and to 70.2% in 2008.
Another positive movement has been the increase of social programs to a much larger amount habitants. In 1992, 69.2% of the poor population were not receiving any type of benefits from social programs or social security. This percentage was reduced to 50.1% in 2006 and continued to decline to 44.1% in 2008.