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Legal and institutional framework for urban development

Over the past two decades, Ukraine has experienced a declining and aging population, with notable consequences at the city level. The national population declined by 13 per cent (in 1993 Ukraine had 52.2 million inhabitants, in 2017, 42.4 million); and urban population declined by 9 per cent. This sharp decline is linked to emigration, the overall aging trend and a significant decline in birthrates. Technically, the country could be said to be continuing to urbanize, because the rural population is declining faster than the urban population. However, more than 80 per cent of Ukrainian cities are losing population, but not homogenously. The eastern and southern regions are highly urbanized but have shown slower urbanization rates in the last two decades, while the historically rural Western region currently shows faster urbanization rates.

Sustainable Development Goals:
Countries: Ukraine
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