Poverty in Hong Kong

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Poverty and Social Security in Hong Kong – Not at All Easy

Hong Kong undoubtedly is an important financial centre in the world. Citizens are proud when they compare the GDP per capita between Hong Kong and other advanced countries and find they are of those most privileged in the globe. Despite its excellent economic advancement, the problem of poverty is prevalent among the labour class who live in the lower part of the socioeconomic pile. In fact, poverty in Hong Kong is no less serious than that in many developing of developed countries, no matter in terms of absolute or relative poverty. In the paragraphs below the extent of poverty in Hong Kong would be examined in terms of the trend and size of the poverty population and the effect of poverty. It will be followed by an analysis in the government’s reaction towards the poverty population, which is the social security system today. Ultimately, the effectiveness of the attempt to tackle poverty would be assessed.

What Indeed Is Poverty in a Large City, Specifically in Hong Kong?

Some people may underestimate the poverty which a city faces. Presumable they are still able to at least feed themselves, and this is already far better than the situation in some developing countries. However, when we investigate and compare poverty in both places after drawing up a definition, one would find poverty in cities not as easy as they presume.

The definition of poverty has been a long debate between scholars of social policies. Not only does it reflect the real situation of the poverty, it also affects the making of welfare policies in Hong Kong. Traditionally the expenditure and the income approaches are used to define poverty. Here, the two approaches would be used to show how poor and how many the poor are respectively.

In 1993, the Legislation Council invited Professor MacPherson to examine the poverty…...

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