Canarias is the only Spanish region where poverty grows - La Provincia


The Canary Islands is the only autonomous community where the levels of poverty, reaching 29% of the population. This is reflected in the report Foessa on Exclusion and Social Development in the Canary Islands, which analyzes the consequences of the post-crisis crisis, presented today in the House of the Church, in the capital of Gran Canaria in an act chaired by the coordinator of the report, Guillermo Fernández; the Bishop of the Diocese of the Canary Islands, Monsignor Francisco Cases; the Bishop of the Diocese of Tenerife, Monsignor Bernardo Álvarez and the directors of the Diocesan Caritas from the Canary Islands and Tenerife, Gonzalo Marrero and Juan Rognoni, respectively.

This is the regional report that the Foessa Foundation (Promotion of Social Studies and Applied Sociology) carries out every five years on the reality of exclusion Y social vulnerability in Spain. "It is an account of the moment of uncertainty in which we find ourselves and a look at our social cohesion to analyze how we live and react to the great recession, how we are focusing on the exit and what are the consequences of the post-crisis crisis in the Canary Islands" , said Guillermo Fernández.

The first conclusion of the report is that social exclusion is entrenched in the Canary Islands, with more than 617,000 people in this situation, 29% of the Canarian population. "It is what we call the stagnant population, a group of people for whom the social mobility elevator does not work and is not able to climb even to the first floor," said the study coordinator of the Foessa Foundation. "The Canary Islands is the only autonomous community where exclusion levels have grown in the last five years, from 28.6% to 29% from 2013 to 2018.

Within this situation there is a group "especially vulnerable", 334,000 people in a situation of severe social exclusion, "which accumulate so many problems in daily life that prevents them from having a minimally structured life project." This group has gone from representing 10.7% of the Canarian population in 2013 to 15.7% in 2018, a percentage much higher than that of the whole of Spain and the rest of the autonomous communities. "They are the group on which inequality and precariousness in its different forms are primed. Unsafe and inadequate housing, persistent unemployment, extreme precarious employment and its invisibility for political parties, are some of the characteristics."

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