World has reached 7 billion just few days ago. Global talks are already addressing the population issues and whatever coming to confront the world tomorrow. RSA.org fellows asked Dough Sanders to talk about his book “Arrival City” recently. The reason this book has attracted was because he talks about the Dhaka city slum( Karail Bosti) and the inside story how that slum was created and why it is still there although best part of Dhaka city is surrounding that slum. In his book, he talks about few more arrival cities in Bangladesh other then Karail. What struck me was in this book he talks about the root cause of French revolution and Iran’s revolution as migrant workers food sortages and poverty.
Here is more in the books website( http://arrivalcity.net/about)
The Final Great Migration
What will be remembered about our century, more than anything except perhaps changes to the climate, is the final shift of human populations from agricultural life to cities, the effects of which are being felt around the world. Arrival City gives us an on-the-ground view of this phenomenon—from Maryland to Shenzhen, from the favelas of Rio to the shanty towns of Mumbai, from Los Angeles to Nairobi.
Doug Saunders introduces us to the migrants themselves, and with the aid of their stories elucidates their essential part in the economic fabric. He makes clear that the cities and nations that provide citizenship and opportunity to migrants stand to benefit as the migrant class evolves into a middle class, and he explains why those that ignore these people will see increased social unrest, poverty, and religious fundamentalism.
As Saunders shows, this is a profound mistake. Successful arrival cities create prosperous middle classes; failed arrival cities create poverty and social problems. Saunders shows how so many conflicts, revolutions and political crises have grown directly out of unsuccessful arrival cities, from Paris in 1789 when rural migrants rose up against food shortages and poverty; to Tehran in 1978, when the revolution began with non-Islamist migrants; to the suburbs of Paris and Berlin, where disaffected migrants have led uprisings or resorted to Islamic fundamentalism.
The key, Saunders argues, is to see the opportunity of these arrival cities. By providing citizenship, a chance to own property, education, transportation links, and good security, cities like Sao Paulo in Brazil, or Parla in Spain, local and national governments have succeeded in successfully integrating their migrants. As he explores these fascinating macro trends, Saunders employs his terrific journalist’s eye for the human details. We meet families and individuals from Dhaka to Rio to Berlin to suburban Maryland, whose stories give us a vivid portrait of their world. What he sees when he looks at these arrival cities isn’t a static condition that we could ignore even if we wanted to, but rather a point of interchange, a place in between where some of the most important and surprising changes of the twenty-first century are taking place.
Here is some pages from the book.
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The book was published in autumn of 2010 by Heinemann in Britain, Knopf in Canada, De Bezige Bij in the Netherlands, and Allen & Unwin in Australia and New Zealand, and in spring of 2011 by Pantheon in USA, Karl Blessing Verlag in Germany, Otava Publishing in Finland, Rye Field Publishing in Chinese (complex), and Debate/Mondadori in Spanish.( source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doug_Saunders)