Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Mexican Child Poverty

About 80 percent of Mexico's Indigenous children live in poverty (78.6 for children and 78.2 for teenagers). "That reflects the disadvantages the indigenous population faces in order to exercise their rights," the report said. The infant mortality rate due to diarrhea stands at 7.1 per 100,000 children under five years of age, according to the report.

Using the most recent available data (2016) the report reveals that 52.3 percent of children over 11 years old live under the poverty line, out of which 9.7 percent live in extreme poverty. This means that 20.7 million children and teenagers (about a sixth of the country's total population) live in poverty in Mexico. , 18.9 percent of minors living in rural areas show symptoms of chronic malnutrition, while children overall have a rate of 12.4 percent.

The report shows that 26 percent of teenagers between 15 and 17 years old had to leave their studies due to economic reasons. Difficult economic conditions often force children to leave school to work in order to support themselves or their families. According to the report, 2.5 million children and teenagers between five and 17 years old work, out of which 1.3 million are employed in dangerous activities, such as construction or industrial labor, night shifts, or other jobs in which they are in contact with chemicals or other hazardous material.


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