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More street children in Uruguay

More street children in Uruguay

Montevideo, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) The Ministry of Social Development (Mides, in Spanish) of Uruguay, acknowledged that in 2021 the number of children living on the streets doubled.

Data released by the ministry indicated that at least 1,168 minors spent some night in shelters for people without family shelter and 45% of them had no previous experience of spending the night outdoors.

Such number represents a third more than those who passed through these State shelters in 2020, the year of the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, and so far in 2022, Mides counted 772 more children and adolescents without roofs.

The National Institute of Statistics (INE, in Spanish) found that poverty grew in Uruguay in the second half of 2021 and mostly affected the under-six age group.

Among the results of an INE study, it stands out that 76 out of every 1,000 households are below the poverty line, and if considered at an individual level, 11% of them suffer from this social situation.

Regarding households below the indigence line, INE’s estimate indicates that they remained stable, at 0,2%, and the index increased at the individual level to 0,3%.


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