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Population Growth, Internal Migration, and Environmental Degradation in Rural Areas of Developing Countries

by Richard E Bilsborrow
European Journal of Population/Revue Europeenne de Demographie ()

Abstract

A - B, land degradation\n58:30627 Bilsborrow, Richard E. Population growth, internal migration, and environmental degradation in rural areas of developing countries. European Journal of Population/Revue Europeenne de Demographie, Vol. 8, No. 2, 1992. 125-48 pp. Amsterdam, Netherlands. In Eng. with sum. in Fre. \n\n"This paper examines possible relationships between demographic processes and the environment in rural areas in developing countries. Evidence is reviewed on increasing degradation in the forms of deforestation...soil erosion and soil desiccation....The focus here is on economic changes in the form of land extensification--often involving internal migration--and land intensification. Despite data problems, the expected relationships are observed: countries with higher rural population growth tend to have larger increases in the arable land area and associated deforestation, but the intensification effects appear stronger."\n\nCorrespondence: R. E. Bilsborrow, University of North Carolina, Carolina Population Center, 123 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-3997. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

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