Situational Analysis: The Case Of The Urban Poor

Malaysia is set to become a high-income nation by 2025 and this will bring many rewards. Along with the development is the simultaeous rise of the urban poor population.

According to a nationwide census in 2020, the Department Of Statistics Malaysia recorded the rate of urbanisation at 76.6% in 2020. It is projected to increase to 88% by 2050.

One of the main contributor to urbanisation is the rapid migration of rural populations into big cities. Those living in rural regions migrate to urban capitals in search of better job opportunities, better living conditions, and a brighter future. However, when reality sets in, life in the city is not a bed of roses.

This paper aims to discuss how living in the urban domain and experiencing prolonged poverty, can influence the livelihood of low-income families. We will look at six struggles that urban poor families face and explore possible ways to alleviate poverty impacts faced by them.

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