A study published by the National Bureau of Statistics shows 8.2 per cent of the Maldivian population is living in poverty.
The study ‘Poverty Line and Percentage Living in Poverty 2016’ published by NBS last Sunday set the poverty line at those spending below half the median expenditure per person per day or MVR 74. Based on this standard, 8.12 per cent of the population living in the atolls and 7.1 per cent of the population in Male’ City are living in poverty.
Looking at poverty rates in individual atolls; the study shows the highest poverty rate exists in G. Dh. Atoll, and the lowest poverty rate in V. Atoll.
The International Poverty Line used in upper-middle-income countries is set lower than the national poverty line in the Maldives and considers those who spend less than MVR 70 per day to be living in poverty.
Based on the International Poverty Line, 6.6 per cent of the total Maldivian population is living in poverty, which is 5.1 per cent of the population living in Male’ City and 4.10 per cent of the population living in the atolls.
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