It is sad to note that official statistics show that poverty is on the increase in Paradise. In 2002, official statistics had shown that 93,200 people were living below the poverty line. The 2012 census made in May of that year indicates 126,200. This indicates an increase of 33,000 in just a decade.
In percentage terms, the increase is 2%. Thus with 9.8% of the population considered as living in poverty, we almost arrive at the psychological threshold of 10% i.e. one Mauritian in ten.
Five years ago the percentage was at 8.5%. Therefore, the trend remains on the increase. In 2002, 23,700 households were living in poverty, today, figures are at 33,800. Ten years ago a household falling into this category had less than (Mauritius rupee) Rs 3,821 per month (USD123-EUR95). With inflation that figure has now been increased to Rs 5,660 per month (USD182-EUR140). Is considered poor, a family of two adults with two children earning less than Rs 13,330 per month.
It should be noted that since 2007 social aid to the poor has increased by 50%. However, statistics also show that poverty has actually decreased from 104,200 in 2006-2007 to 87,900 in 2012. This is probably due to the government and NGO concerted efforts in eradication of extreme poverty.
Nevertheless, there are still many families awaiting aid in several areas such as education, housing, health and employment. There are not enough human resources on the ground to aid the vulnerable. Many NGOs lack the necessary functional requirements in terms of budget to be able to run efficiently. Government resources are lacking in social worker numbers and therefore help is limited. Eradication of extreme poverty is still a slow process.
Source Link: Republic of Mauritius: Poverty Analysis 2001/02 Report by Defimedia.info (French) 4 July 2013