Asia’s Urbanisation


  • Asia is home to more than half of the world’s population ( over 4 billion people). Urban migration has begun with an increase of urban migrant poor growing with the urban sprawl.

    Embark on Asian Journeys’ humble efforts to understand and serve the urban migrant poor in the key cities of Asia.

    Urban growth rates are highest in the developing world, which absorbs an average 5 million new urban residents a month and is responsible for 95 percent of world urban growth. A report by the Asia development Bank predicts that Asian cities will grow the most in the next 40 years and could have 63 percent of the world urban population by 2050, the Guardian reported.

    ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda noted that half of Asia’s population will be living in cities by 2020, as some 1.1 billion people move to urban environments over the next 20 years.

    “Asia’s rapid urbanization is unprecedented,” Kuroda said. “Providing jobs and services while improving the livelihood and quality of life for so many city dwellers is an urban management task of a magnitude never before attempted by humanity.”

    Asian countries need help to build sustainable cities that can cope with the region’s “unprecedented” urban expansion of more than 100,000 people a day over the next two decades.

    Over a billion people will live in China’s cities in the next 15 years according to a report by McKinsey Global Institute.

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  • Asian Journeys have partnered with local governments and host agencies to develop interesting programmes to assist local initiatives in alleviating the plight of the urban poor in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and China. Join us as we journey together.

    Asian Journeys organise specially crafted urbanization and cultural study trips to China, Malaysia and Thailand for small groups interested to learn more about Asia’s urbanisation challenges and programmes.

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