Rural-Urban Migration and Urban Unemployment in Kenya

Rempel, H. (1981). Rural-Urban Migration and Urban Unemployment in Kenya. IIASA Research Report. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: RR-81-024

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The starting point of this study is a model of rural household decisionmaking, which generates a set of testable hypotheses regarding the determinants and consequences of rural-urban migration. A survey of one of Kenya's eight largest urban centers was carried out in December 1968 to provide data that were then combined with census data to test these hypotheses. The questionnaire that was distributed was designed to obtain the migration, employment, and income history of each migrant from 1 year before his move to the time of the survey as well as the migrant's opinions on why he moved, how long he intended to stay, and what he thought of life in urban centers. This volume is an analysis of those data. The basic thesis is that rural-urban migration is a rational response to development in Kenya. Migration does not shape this development; it is merely one symptom of growth. On the basis of the results obtained, the study concludes with a general discussion on several aspects of the urbanization process that can be influenced by policy actions.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Research Report)
Research Programs: Human Settlements and Services Area (HSS)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 01:49
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:10

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