The Mexico Peace Index 2018 launched last week. Here’s what you need to know – in charts.
Yucatán was once again the most peaceful state in Mexico, followed by Tlaxcala, Campeche, Coahuila and Chiapas, with all of these states apart from Coahuila improving their peacefulness. Only seven states were able to improve in 2017.
The economic impact of violence in Mexico was estimated to be 4.72 trillion pesos (US$249 billion) in 2017, equivalent to 21 percent of Mexico’s GDP. This represents a 15 percent increase from 2016, and reflects the country’s deterioration in peacefulness.
Mexico’s spending on domestic security and justice is at the same level as Denmark and Luxembourg. Given the levels of violence in Mexico this indicates a serious lack of resources in these two sectors. Mexico spends one percent of its GDP on public order and safety. This is only 60% of the average for OECD countries.