How does global poverty impact society?

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The greatest impacts of global poverty are, of course, on the societies in which the greatest amounts of poverty exist.  Perhaps the most important impact of this poverty is on the life expectancy of the poor.  Their lack of access to medical care, along with poor diets, reduces their life...

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The greatest impacts of global poverty are, of course, on the societies in which the greatest amounts of poverty exist.  Perhaps the most important impact of this poverty is on the life expectancy of the poor.  Their lack of access to medical care, along with poor diets, reduces their life expectancy considerably.  Another impact is the fact that many people from poor countries leave their homes to try to find work in rich countries, thus eroding the social fabric of their own countries.

Global poverty also affects at least some societies that are not poor.  The poor often try to leave their own countries and go to richer places.  This leads to refugee problems such as are experienced by Australia.  It leads to problems of illegal immigration such as those experienced by the United States.   In these ways, global poverty affects the societies of poor countries and of some rich countries as well.

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