State of the World's Minorities and Indigeneous Peoples 2015

Sunday, 1 March, 2015
This volume put together by Minority Rights Group International highlights the continued failure of many municipal officials, city planners and other urban decision makers to recognise and support their minority and indigenous populations. It draws attention to the limited understanding among rights activists of the specific implications that urbanisation has for minority and indigenous communities.  The report's introduction states that: "In Canada, where the majority of the country’s First Nations population now live in urban areas, entrenched exclusion and discrimination have pushed young community members into criminal gangs. In Bangladesh, Dhaka’s Dalit population are mostly concentrated in isolated and unsanitary ‘colonies’ where basic services such as water access are largely absent. In Uganda, poverty and crop failure have driven many Karamajong to migrate to Kampala, where community members can end up engaged in begging, prostitution or being exploited in other ways. Though each example is unique, the common thread between them is the particular challenges that urban areas present for these groups."  
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