Over 60% of rural migrants aged between 18 and 35 in Iran

TEHRAN, May 20 (MNA) – More than 60% of the total migrant workers from rural areas of the country are between the age of 18 and 35, a faculty member of the Population Studies & Research Center in Asia and the Pacific (PSRCAP) said here on Wednesday .

Mahmoud Moshfeq said that based on the figures, over 60% of new workers mostly from the country’s rural areas and small cities range in age from 18 to 35 years old, coming to big cities looking for work in a bid to earn a pretty decent living.

 

“As the young people leave their villages for big cities, the elderly accounts for the most population of the rural areas, Moshfeq said, describing such changes in population structure as major factor in breaking the natural cycle.

 

Moving to cities will lead to urbanization, and the effects are horrible on the environment, Moshfeq noted, adding that farmland turned into a 1000-home subdivision, a forest turned into a massive shopping center.

 

“It will seriously hurt farming industry of the country,” the faculty member lamented. 

 

Referring to the difference between migration rate of men and women, Moshfeq said, “According to the figures, men migrate four times women in our country.”

 

“The more young men migrate to big cities, the more women stay single in small cities and rural areas,” Moshfeq explained, calling it the main factor in cultural changes of the rural regions.  

 

Yes, we are on the brink of a historic turning point; according to UN-Habitat, 60% of the world's population will be living in cities by 2030 and the urban population will grow from 2.86 billion to nearly five billion. Nearly 200 million people are now on the move in search of better lives, mostly in Africa and Asia.

 

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MNA

 

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