The growth rate of urban centres in Ghana and its implications for rural-urban migration

This paper provides for the first time evidence that cast a some doubt on the orthodoxy that rural-urban migration is quantitatively the most important form of migration in Ghana. The authors seek to demonstrate that rural to rural migration far exceeds rural-urban migration. Prime objective of this paper is to demonstrate that the rate of urbanization in Ghana ia farless than has been claimed officially. This implies that rural to urban migration is not as quantitatively important as has often been assumed. Identifying the urban centres that have registered remarkable growth rates between the two census dates, it will be argued that rapid rate of population growth, per se, is not necessarily good or bad. Finally the hypothesis that the already oversized towns are growing faster is examined. Ref., notes, tables, appendix.

Title: The growth rate of urban centres in Ghana and its implications for rural-urban migration
Author: Ewusi, Kodwo
Year: 1974
Periodical: The Nigerian Journal of Economic and Social Studies
Volume: 16
Issue: 3
Pages: 479-491
Language: English
Geographic term: Ghana
Abstract: This paper provides for the first time evidence that cast a some doubt on the orthodoxy that rural-urban migration is quantitatively the most important form of migration in Ghana. The authors seek to demonstrate that rural to rural migration far exceeds rural-urban migration. Prime objective of this paper is to demonstrate that the rate of urbanization in Ghana ia farless than has been claimed officially. This implies that rural to urban migration is not as quantitatively important as has often been assumed. Identifying the urban centres that have registered remarkable growth rates between the two census dates, it will be argued that rapid rate of population growth, per se, is not necessarily good or bad. Finally the hypothesis that the already oversized towns are growing faster is examined. Ref., notes, tables, appendix.