ERBIL - The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has issued a clarification on the rate of poverty in the autonomous region, noting that the statistics released by Iraq's Ministry of Planning were not clear enough.
According to a statement by the Kurdistan Regional Statistics Office, the rate of poverty in the region was 3.5%, while it was 19.1% in Iraq in 2012.
In 2014, when the Islamic State (IS) attacked Iraq and overran a vast area in the country, the poverty rate increased to 12.5% in the Kurdistan Region, and 22.5% in Iraq, the statement added.
As for the year 2018, the rate of poverty was 5.5% in the autonomous region, and 20% in Iraq, the press release continued.
The statement further clarified that the poverty rate was 8.6% in Duhok province, 6.7% in the capital Erbil, and 4.5% in Sulaimaniya province in 2018.