Issues in shanty towns in developing cities

Case study - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Map of Brazil highlighting the location of RioMap of Brazil highlighting the location of Rio

The video below highlights the contrasts between the rich and the poor in the city of Rio.

Rocinha, Rio de JaneiroRocinha, Rio de Janeiro

Rural - urban migration

Rocinha, one of the largest favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rocinha, one of the largest favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Many people in developing countries have given up subsistence farming in the countryside and made their way to large cities like Rio de Janeiro.

They move in search of a better life. People are attracted to cities in the hope of finding well-paid jobs in factories, better schools for their children, entertainment, better healthcare and a higher standard of living.

Unfortunately, the reality is very different as many families find themselves struggling for survival in slums - called favelas in Brazil.

The video below looks at problems in the crowded city of Rio.