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World Bank says 64% of people who live in slums are in Asia

Policymakers urged to boost infrastructure, affordable housing and job access

A woman delouses her daughter by their home in a Karachi slum in Pakistan.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Around 64% of people who live in urban slums are in Asia, as the region experienced rapid rural-to-urban migration that has left millions of urban dwellers in poverty, according to the World Bank.

East Asia, including China, was home to most of the urban poor in 2014, followed by Sub-Saharan Africa, according to data from the United Nations quoted in the World Bank's new report titled "Expanding Opportunities for the Urban Poor." Asia is home to a total of 563 million urban slum dwellers, said the report.

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