Oxfam Intermón warns that if measures are not taken such as shielding health and social protection, poverty could increase in Spain by more than 1.1 million people by the impact of the pandemic of coronavirus, and the number of citizens living in poverty would reach 10.9 million.
In the report Then it will be too late, released this Wednesday on the occasion of the commemoration of the Week for the Eradication of Poverty, the NGO emphasizes the need to pay attention to the most vulnerable people both inside and outside of Spain.
Calls for measures to protect education, health and social protection, especially expanding the Minimum Living Income.
“The organization considers it essential that the General State Budgets pay attention to the most vulnerable people, those who are experiencing the worst, and alleviate the effects of the socioeconomic crisis, both inside and outside our borders, so that nobody is left behind, it is urgent, “he says.
This would prevent the consequences of the pandemic from leading to poverty of up to 10.9 million people, from 20.7% of the Spanish population prior to COVID-19 al 23,07%.
In the international arena, the organization highlights that, for the first time in 20 years, extreme poverty will grow and even about 115 million more people they could suffer this year, according to World Bank data.
“These figures clearly demonstrate that billions of people have been more vulnerable to the economic impacts of COVID-19 due to decades of economic policies that have plunged them into poverty, while the richest in society have accumulated more and more wealth ”, highlights.