Brazil’s crisis dragged 4.5 million into extreme poverty

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In the week of the federal government announcing a series of measures to overhaul the Brazilian state, figures from the country’s institute of geography and statistics (IBGE) show a worrying trend in the number of citizens living in extreme poverty across Brazil. Since the beginning of the economic crisis in 2014, an extra 4.5 million Brazilians have fallen below the poverty line, taking the total population in these conditions up to 13.5 million.

The World Bank defines the line of extreme poverty as when people live on less than USD 1.90 per day—translating into roughly BRL 145 per...

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