Asia-Pacific Population Journal

For over two decades, the Asia-Pacific Population Journal (APPJ) has been taking the pulse of population and social issues unfolding in the region. Published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), APPJ brings out high quality, evidence-based and forward-looking articles relevant for population policies and programmes in Asia and the Pacific. Prominent population experts, award-winning demographers, as well as lesser known researchers have been contributing articles, documenting over the years the evolution of thinking in this important sphere.


Urban migration and urbanization in Nepal

The historic role played by cities and towns as centres of population concentration with occupations other than primary activities and as hubs for commerce and business, innovation and diffusion of ideas and technologies, and decision-making clearly demonstrates that urbanization is synonymous to development. This perception has prevailed not only among urban dwellers, but also among rural inhabitants as well as development agents (planners and decision makers). A high correlation between urbanization and economic development, measured in terms of per capita gross national product (GNP) further indicates that urbanization leads to development, particularly until a country reaches a mature stage of development. Thus, a certain level of urbanization is desirable for the overall development of a country.


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