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Med nations urge EU partners to step up migration fight

Seven European Mediterranean nations on Wednesday urged the EU to boost its financial support for member states bearing the brunt of the influx of African migrants in search of a better life. Migratory pressure pushing across the Mediterranean "is far from diminishing, it is increasing", said foreign ministers from Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain after an informal meeting in the Spanish port of Alicante.

Individuals targeted as San Francisco tech money protests intensify

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Demonstrations against the grip on San Francisco held by wealthy technology workers took a personal turn on Friday with protesters taking aim at a Google lawyer they say personifies the tensions being stirred by abundant tech money. Jack Halprin, a landlord in the city's gentrifying Mission district, became the focus of the latest blockade of a tech company commuter bus, with protesters demanding Google ask Halprin to rescind eviction notices he has sent his tenants.

China needs new market-based approach to urbanization: World Bank

By Xiaoyi Shao and Jonathan Standing BEIJING (Reuters) - China should let market forces play a greater role in its drive to boost the urban population to accomplish its goal of ensuring sustained, consumer-led growth, the World Bank said in a report on Tuesday. In the report jointly prepared with China's Development Research Center, a top-level policy think tank, the World Bank said a market-based allocation of resources would lead to sustainable urbanization.

World Bank: China needs new market-based approach to urbanization

BEIJING (Reuters) - China should let market forces play greater role in its drive to boost the urban population to accomplish its goal of ensuring sustained, consumer-led growth, the World Bank said in a report on Tuesday. In the report jointly prepared with China's Development Research Center, a top-level policy think tank, the World Bank said a market-based allocation of resources would lead to sustainable urbanization.

Urban-rural migration reaches record high in 2013

SEJONG, March 20 (Yonhap) -- The number of South Koreans moving away from cities to rural areas reached a record high last year, although fewer people were freshly taking up farming as their profession, government tally showed Thursday. In 2013, the number of urban households moving to provincial regions jumped 20 percent on-year to a new high of 32,424, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

100 million Chinese to get greater city benefits

More than 100 million Chinese are to be given vital documents making them officially residents of the country's cities under a broad plan for the urbanisation that is crucial to economic growth. China's new leaders under President Xi Jinping who took office a year ago have touted "people-centred urbanisation" to raise the quality of life as well as just growth rates.

100 million Chinese to get greater city benefits

More than 100 million Chinese are to be given vital documents making them officially residents of the country's cities under a broad urbanisation plan that is crucial for economic growth. China's new leaders under President Xi Jinping who took office a year ago have touted "people-centred urbanisation" to raise the quality of life as well as just growth rates.

China announces plans to expand cities, railways to support economic growth, raise incomes

BEIJING, China - China has announced plans to expand its cities and improve public services to support economic growth by allowing millions more rural residents to migrate to urban jobs. The Cabinet plan issued Sunday calls for raising the share of China's population of almost 1.4 billion people living in cities to 60 per cent from 53.7 per cent now, a shift of about 90 million people.

China plans investment and reform to ease urbanization drive

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China is planning a major expansion of its transport networks and urban infrastructure as it seeks to increase migration from rural to urban areas, lifting incomes and demand to drive continued economic growth. The 2014-20 urbanization plan released on Sunday aims to boost domestic consumption by increasing the proportion of urban residents among China's population of almost 1.4 billion to 60 percent by 2020, up from 53.7 percent now.

China's urban drive risks digging economic hole

After a lifetime of farming and mining in the hills of southwest China, Zhang Zongfu was thrust into subsidised housing closer to town, and into a monumental urbanisation drive aimed at boosting growth. Zhang likes his newly built digs, which are effectively free, but city life has been harder to settle into. The 48-year-old villager lacks job skills or prospects -- putting a major wrinkle in Beijing's blueprint for prosperity.
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