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Poverty in Paradise?

Economic Data Paints a Picture of Growing Poverty for the Balinese.

(9/15/2006) A page one story published in the Monday, September 11, 2006 edition of the Indonesian language Bali Post paints a picture of growing poverty among the people of Bali. Worsening economic conditions across the island and ineffective steps by regional officials to curb poverty demonstrate that for many, Bali is something less than a paradise on earth.

As the accompanying table on balidiscovery.com shows, the North Bali Regency of Buleleng and East Bali's Karangasem Regency represent two of Bali's most impoverished regions with respective totals of 46,907 and 42,000 heads of family units classified as living below the poverty-line.

Growing Poverty

The same local press report states that the number of family heads listed as "poor" increased by 9,000 from 2005 to 2006, a jump of 29.3% in only one year.

Data from the Klungkung regency showed a similar increase among those classified as poor with an estimated 25.4% of its residents now existing below the poverty line.

Among the 46,907 family heads recorded as "poor" in Buleleng, the greatest share are to be found in Grokgak (8,952) followed by Seririt (7,256).