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Half of Chinese to live in urban areas
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14:41, July 12, 2007

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Sources from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in China, said that starting from next year, more than half of world's population will reside in urban areas. In the next 10 years, China will enter this trend.

The UNFPA recently published the "State of World Population 2007," in Beijing, with a theme of "Unleashing the potential of urban growth." It is said that China's urban population growth is due to the huge influx of the rural population. China's urban population is growing at a rate of 18 million per year, with 61 percent of population growth resulting from population migration. However, for most countries, future urban population growth occurs naturally.

Between 2005 and 2030, China's urban population is expected to increase from 560 million to 910 million, with the percentage rising from 42 percent to 64 percent of the total population. In 1980, this proportion was at only 20 percent. The growth in the urban population will bring about complex and continuous challenges in the areas of employment, housing, education and medical insurance.

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