Spain's poverty trap

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As many as 35,000 people may be homeless in Spain, recent research by charities suggests. Polígono Sur is a short drive from the centre of the thriving tourist hub of Seville, in southern Spain. Local authorities describe it as the poorest district in the country, where unemployment and school drop-out rates are alarmingly high and where drug trafficking is a tempting career choice.

""When you say that you're from this part of town, potential employers look at you in a different light," he says with a sigh. "They always think that you must be bad, that you steal, that you're a drug addict or you've been in prison."

"The only ones who receive a fixed monthly payment here are the pensioners," Pedro says. "Hardly anyone has a fixed monthly wage."

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