ECONOMY

#MapadelaVulnerabilidad shows the staggering inequality in Chile

SANTIAGO – President Piñera presented last week an initiative that seeks to support the most vulnerable population groups in Chile. To identify these groups, a so-called Map of Vulnerability has been made. The numbers on this map show the reality of Chile and why the country is considered the most unequal in the OECD.

National media in Chile reported today that Chile is the ´richest country in Latin-America´. A global wealth report from Credit Suisse bank showed around 67 thousand Chileans have a capital that exceeds the 1 million dollars. A growth of ten percent compared to the last report.

On average, adult Chileans have a capital of around 62 thousand dollars, an amount that exceeds three times the average wealth in Latin-America. Chile does well, you could say based on this report. After all, the numbers indicate economic growth. But just as the report says, inequality in Chile is relatively high. In other words, large parts of the population don´t profit from the economic growth.

The Map of Vulnerability, or Mapa de la Vulnerabilidad, designed to identify the 16 most vulnerable groups in Chile, shows that inequality in Chile, with shocking numbers. The sixteen groups, who will be a priority according to the initiative launched by the Piñera administration, are as following:

  • 1.431.162 people who live in homes without basic sanitary provisions, such as a toilet and/or potable water.
  • 4.910.889 people above 18 years, who are neither studying nor having completed the twelve years of education in Chile.
  • 2.368.029 households where one of the members has seen drug trafficking or a shootout in the last month.
  • 983.505 people who are part of the indigenous community, while belonging to the 40 percent of the poorest people in the country.
  • 692.986 people who have a drugs- or alcohol problem.
  • 490.874 women who were victim of any form of violence within their own family and don´t have proper income.
  • 425.487 adults who have been without work for three months or more, while belonging to the 40 percent of the poorest people in the country.
  • 253.209 families who have family members who partly or completely depend on them, while belonging to the 40 percent of the poorest people in the country.
  • 161.000 elderly people or people with handicap or dependency, live alone or in institutions, while belonging to the 40 percent of the poorest people in the country.
  • 100.000 people who are currently in prison without access to any rehabilitation programs.
  • 72.788 children between 5 and 18 years old who don´t receive any form of education.
  • 43.003 families who are living in camps or tents.
  • 12.416 people living in the streets.
  • 11.087 people within the public health system, who are on the waiting list for an operation, without having any guarantees on receiving that operation.
  • 6.556 children who are residing in internment centers of SENAME.
  • 1495 villages that don´t have internet access.

According to the initiative, all these vulnerable groups will be a priority in receiving support from the government and help from both the public-private sector.

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