Socio-Economic, Environmental and Health Consequences of Rural–Urban Migration in Lagos, Nigeria

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Opeolu, B.O
Adebayo, K
Badru, F.A
Okuneye, P.A
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Data obtained from 350 migrants selected from high, middle and low income sectors of Lagos, Nigeria show that over 80% of the migrants come from 11 States of the Federation. The migrants felt that their socio-economic characteristics have changed since moving to Lagos, but have observed increasingly poorly kept dumpsites in their areas of abode in Lagos due to increases in-migration. They perceived typhoid, depression, hypertension and headache as the most prevalent diseases that they cope with in Lagos compared to their places of orientation. Yet, most of them wish to remain in Lagos and in fact bring more people from their places of origin to Lagos. The study concluded that in order to address the environmental and health problems faced in cities with high inflow of migrants, efforts to improve the socio-economic situations of rural areas and transit towns should receive greater attention.
Socio-economic Impact , Environmental Effects , Health Consequences , Rural -Urban Migration , Lagos , Nigeria
Opeolu, B.O., Adebayo, K., Badru F.A and Okuneye, P.A (2009): “Socio-Economic, Environmental and Health Consequences of Rural–Urban Migration in Lagos, Nigeria” in FAMAN Journal Vol. 10. No.1 2009 Pp 17-29.