4 Apr 2011

Urban population in Fiji increases by 5%

10:23 am on 4 April 2011

A study has revealed that Fiji's urban population has increased by 5% resulting in greater demand for housing in urban areas.

According to the new Housing Policy document, housing needs in urban areas have significantly grown placing a large strain on the entire urban infrastructure.

The study shows that Suva and Nasinu are home to over 40% of the urban population and with the current trend the Suva/Nausori corridor is expected to grow to accommodate a population of about 100,000.

Radio Fiji reports the total household income in rural areas has decreased by 11% against a substantial increase of 59% in urban areas.

The study by the Fiji Bureau of Statistics says these indicators are signalling a potential for a higher rural-urban drift which would lead to serious implications on the already unsatisfactory housing conditions of the urban poor.

Director of Housing Kolinio Bola says with government's affordable housing policy supported by the urban policy action plan, the goal of affordable and decent housing for all will be achieved