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New Spanish poverty map reveals grim reality behind official stats
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TOURIST destinations are the most poverty-stricken areas in Spain, according to a new map that completely rewrites the official figures.
Previously, the cost of living in different areas has been ignored when measuring poverty levels in Spain’s autonomous communities.
Taking this additional factor into account, the map turns the established view of Spain’s financial situation on its head, showing a much harsher financial situation.
Areas previously thought of as wealthy, such as the Costa del Sol, are shown to be among the poorest in Spain.
Professor Elena Lasarte, from the Laboratory of Regional Economic Analysis at the University of Oviedo, said: “The rates of poverty are higher when we take into account the cost of living in each territory.
“Areas where rent is increasing and amenities are more expensive, such as popular tourist destinations, have a much higher incidence of poverty than normally estimated.
“In Barcelona, for example, a salary may be higher. But if you compare this with the significantly higher cost of living, the economic situation is the same that you might find in somewhere like Castilla la Mancha.”
Professor Lasarte added: “One of the most obvious lessons in this is that the way poverty is measured is hiding the reality. It’s a very relevant part of the problem.”
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