The health crisis has led to a surge in poverty, especially in urban areas, where poverty has increased sevenfold.
One-fifth of the richest Moroccans monopolizes more than half of the country’s annual income, more than “Socially tolerable threshold”According to a study released by the High Planning Commission (HCP) on Wednesday, April 28.
At the same time, the Moroccan organization responsible for statistics pointed out that the poorest 20% accounted for only 5.6% of Moroccan household income.
One-fifth of the richest income-per capita annual income is 57,400 dirhams (about 5,300 euros), which is more than 10 times that of the wealthy 20% of the population (6,000 dirhams, about 550 euros).
According to the study conducted between the end of December 2019 and March 2020, the gap between urban and rural areas is very obvious. In the past, some national and international reports warned of the country’s social disparities.
At the end of 2019, King Mohammed VI appointed a special committee to reconsider the development model and reduce the social divide. The report is expected to be released in a few weeks.
Temporary data released by HCP at the end of March showed that the economy has shrunk by 7.1% due to the severe impact of the health crisis.The pandemic has also led to a sharp increase in poverty in Morocco, especially in urban areas, where poverty has increased seven-fold and increased “Serious inequality”, According to the same source.