Friday, January 11, 2008

Asian Development Bank conducting survey of rural poor migrating into Mongolian cities

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is currently conducting a survey to understand the impact of the ongoing migration of rural Mongolians into the country’s cities.

The ADB reports that initial findings indicate that the majority of the new arrivals are hoping to escape rural poverty. Most suffer from unemployment and an inability to receive adequate health care after arriving in cities.

Within Ulaanbaatur, the survey has found that 27 percent of the population lives in poverty.

Following its evaluating the data, ADB officials will propose specific programs for the government to undertake to assist the most vulnerable including the elderly, the infirmed and the homeless.


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