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UN: Dominican Republic is Lat-Am’s 5th most unequal country

Rio de Janeiro.- The gap between rich and poor is increasing in many Latin American countries, the world’s most unequal and urbanized region, where 80% of the population lives in cities, more than a quarter of it in slums or shantytowns, the UN warned Tuesday.

Between 1990 and 2009 inequality increased in Colombia, Paraguay, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Argentina and Guatemala, according to the UN Program for Human Settlements, UN-Habitat.

In the region, since the 1970s considered the most unequal in the world, 20% of the richest population has an average per capita income of nearly 20 times the income of the poorest 20%.

“The main challenge is how to combat such huge inequalities that exist in the cities. A pretty huge contradictory economic model in Latin America in general,” said Erik Vittrup, UN-Habitat expert.

In the region, the most unequal countries based on income distribution are, in this order, Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, Brazil, Dominican Republic and Bolivia, while the least unequal are Venezuela, Uruguay, Peru and El Salvador.

Source: Dominican Today

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