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Ethnic and religious dimensions

Ethnic and religious minorities often suffer worse poverty than the wider population

The data for Guatemala show a large different between poverty rates for Native Indians and the White Hispanic population

Such differences can result from subtle prejudice, and direct discrimination and persecution

In South Africa, the long history of apartheid has left a legacy of stark differences between black and white populations

Often different ethnic groups live in different geographical areas e.g. white gated communities versus black townships in South Africa

2001 Census

Black South Africans

White South Africans

Under 15 yrs old

34%

19%

No education

22%

1%

Households with a telephone

31%

95%

Adult mean income

$1600

$8800

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