Child poverty affected 50.9 percent of Argentina’s population in the first half of 2022, according to the Permanent Household Survey (EPH) released Wednesday by the INDEC national statistics bureau.
This percentage, projected out to the total population according to the most recent census, would indicate that there are around 5.5 million children under 14 years of age living in poverty in Argentina, with 1.3 million affected by extreme poverty.
Poverty among children under 14 fell by 40,400 from the second half of 2021, but the number of kids classified as destitute increased by 14,300.
Child poverty fell by 373,000 compared to the same period last year, while the number of destitute children fell by 425,300.
According to the figures released today by the INDEC broken down by age group, in the 31 urban agglomerates covered by the EPH study, among children aged zero to five, poverty reached 27.6 percent.
Among those aged 6 to 11, 37.4 percent of children were poor, and among those aged 13 to 17, 34.9 percent were living in poverty.