As the world rapidly turns urban, Bangladesh is listed among countries that will soon contribute most to the global urban population.
Bangladesh, home to 160 million people, is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. The size of the urban population in Bangladesh is at 53 million. Of them, around 40 per cent are children.
In 30 years, the number will more than double and 112 million people in Bangladesh will be living in cities.
Around 3.5 percent of the population migrate internally every year. There are two major drivers behind this reality.
People move to urban centres after losing village homes and livelihoods following disasters fuelled by climate change. They also come to the city seeking employments created by the rapid growth of the garment industry.
But life in the city is fraught with severe challenges.