MOP: Corona pandemic caused high poverty in Iraq

  • 8-07-2020, 17:46
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    Baghdad - INA


     Today, Wednesday, Minister of Planning Khaled Battal Al-Najem announced that the poverty rate in Iraq has increased to 31.7% compared to 20% in 2018, while the number of poor people according to this rise has reached 11 million and 400 thousand individuals.

     "The Ministry recently completed a detailed study on assessing the impact of the Corona pandemic on poverty and vulnerable groups in Iraqi society, in cooperation with the World Bank, UNICEF, the Oxford Initiative team for poverty and human development, and a consultant from  United Nations Population Fund. "

     The minister added, according to the statement, "The number of the poor according to this rise reached (11) million and (400) thousand individuals, after it was about (10) million individuals before the crisis," noting that "the poverty rate among children under the age of 18  (After the Corona pandemic) it reached 38%. "