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CLIP 3210

Poverty in India - rural-urban migration

Poverty in India - rural-urban migration
Key Info
  • Poverty in India - rural-urban migration
  • Duration: 03:50
  • Seventy-five percent of India's population lives in rural poverty, which results in a stagnated economy and drives people to move to the city. Farming depends on the monsoon rains. A typical farmer feeds and clothes a family of four on $2 per day. Some families keep silk worms as a means of earning extra income but the yield is unreliable and poverty drives many farmers to suicide. Typical villages lack basic services, communications and infrastructure, resulting in a stagnated rural economy which is driving many families to move to cities.
  • Subject:



    Rural: Settlements

  • Keywords: development, migration, rural, poverty, farming, subsistence, rice, silk, India, poor, farmer, urbanisation, monsoon
Ideas for use in class
  • Useful for demonstrating the push factors which lead to rural-urban migration. How many factors can students identify from watching the clip? Older students should be able to suggest how the rural economy of India can be improved - what are the options for government?
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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