Urban population to overtake country dwellers for first time
Next year to see landmark in urban migration
UN says more than 1bn will live in slums in 2007
By David Adam
More people will live in cities than in the countryside next year, for the first time in the history of the human race, a UN report said yesterday - and a growing number of them will be living in slums.
The United Nations report says the number of slum dwellers will pass the 1bn mark in 2007, which means that one in three city residents will live in inadequate housing with no or few basic services. It adds that urban growth and slum expansion rates are nearly identical in some regions, and that the world's urban poor are rapidly becoming one of its biggest problems.