Century of the city

By Karyn Scherer In Current Affairs, Lifestyle

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14th January, 2013
Migrant workers are at the heart of China’s economic revolution. But they are also part of a global trend that affects almost every country on the planet: the drift of millions of people away from the countryside and towards big cities. Urbanisation is most obvious in China, but it has important ramifications for even small countries such as New Zealand. A diminishing interest in farming could threaten our main export income. Despite our low population density, our biggest cities are already facing major challenges in servicing everyone’s needs. And there are obvious implications for rural areas as their populations dwindle. ...

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