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The Role of Employment in the Growth of Small and Intermediate-Sized Cities in Egypt

  • Salah El-Shakhs

Abstract

The contemporary development of the urban settlement system in Egypt took place under an extraordinary combination of rapid population growth and minimal expansion in its inhabited area. Population density in the Nile Delta (Figure 1) is 1230 persons per square mile which is one of the highest in the world. As a result of extreme crowding in the rural areas, major rural to urban migration flows and rapid urbanization occurred (Table 1). The growth in both rural and urban population, however, continued to be primarily confined to the Nile Valley and its Delta, which constitute a fraction (perhaps 4 or 5 per cent) of the country’s total area.

Keywords

Urban Growth Nile Delta Infrastructure Planning Urban Hierarchy Primate City 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Salah El-Shakhs
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  1. 1.Urban Planning and Policy DevelopmentRutgers UniversityUSA

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