, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 201–209 | Cite as

Outstations to primacy: Economic policy, class formation and growth in the towns of Papua New Guinea

  • King David 


Most towns in Papua New Guinea are small and the hierarchy comprises many isolated outstations and small towns. As a response to changes in economic policy the largest towns are growing rapidly at the expense of the small service centres. Changes in the population structure of these large towns have resulted in high rates of natural increase, while rural urban migration is steadily bringing in newcomers, to face urban unemployment and a lack of adequate housing. A secondary urban problem arises from the colonial legacy of urban zoning, which exacerbates the housing shortage and has created artifical socioeconomic residential areas. Although social differences are relatively small, the policy of economic growth will increase the gap between rich and poor, while urban unemployment and lack of housing have reached a crisis level in the rapidly growing big towns.


Urban Growth Informal Settlement Large Town Rural Urban Migration Squat Settlement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • King David 
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  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of Papua New GuineaPapua New Guinea

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