December 1, 2004

Chile’s Under-18 Population Decreases, Less Poor

Chile's under-18 population decreases, less poor

SANTIAGO, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- The Chilean population under the age of 18 has decreased over the past 10 years but more of them have been lifted out of poverty, authorities said Tuesday in a report.

The population of Chilean minors makes up 31 percent of the total population, compared to 34.5 percent in the year 1990 and 32. 6 percent in 2000, according to a survey on children and adolescents in Chile.

The population of minors living in poverty declined to 26.9 percent, 2.2 percentage points lower than in 2000. As high as 50.7 percent of this population group lived in poverty in 1990.

The survey showed efforts over the years to provide better opportunities and living conditions have paid off.