DR poverty levels have increased; higher than a decade ago
International development agency Oxfam warns that the Dominican Republic has not escaped from the growing inequality that could cause the loss of decades in the fight against poverty. An Oxfam study, released on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 found that the country has been one of the nations with the highest growth rate in the last 50 years, but poverty levels (41.4% in 2013) are higher than they were a decade ago (32% in the year 2000). The Oxfam study found that 10% of the population lives in extreme poverty, a higher percentage than a decade ago when it was 8.1%. This means that wealth is being concentrated among a small group, increasing unequal wealth distribution and reducing the Dominican population’s opportunities for development, as reported in El Nuevo Diario.
In recent years, immigration from Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, has increased, adding to the DR’s poverty levels.
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