Can rural-urban migration really be stopped?
As Maria Helena from Mozambique has observed - "One of the greatest challenges for urban planning in the cities of developing countries [is that] local governments do not have the ability to track the growth of population together with the basic infrastructure for the community, and on the other hand the frequent exodus of rural population to cities in search of better conditions ends up creating a great congestion and making city life more difficult. We need to create a minimum of basic conditions for coexistence in small urban centers to prevent people from migrating to all major urban centers."
Is this really possible? Can we effectively stop the migration of people from rural areas to towns and cities, especially in a democratic set-up where one is free to live and work anywhere in the country? Are there any examples of containment of rural-urban migration? Lets take a poll!