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Poverty rate higher in ethnic minority areas


10:32, November 29, 2012

BEIJING, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- The poverty rate in regions populated by ethnic minorities is 13.8 percentage points higher than China's national average, according official statistics.

A survey released Wednesday by the State Ethnic Affairs Commission revealed that in 2011, there were 39.17 million impoverished people living in rural areas of eight provinces and autonomous regions predominantly inhabited by ethnic minorities -- Inner Mongolia, Guangxi, Tibet, Ningxia, Xinjiang, Yunnan, Guizhou and Qinghai.

They accounted for 26.5 percent of the total rural population in those autonomous regions and provinces, and made up 32 percent of the poor people living in countryside of the 31 provincial-level regions on the Chinese mainland, according to the commission.

Among these impoverished people in the eight regions, nearly 80 percent are from Guangxi, Guizhou and Yunnan.

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