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JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT VOLUME 2 NO 1 OCTOBER 2006

SOCIO-ECONOMIC EFFECTS OF UNEMPLOYMENT ON THE URBAN MIGRANT: A CASE STUDY OF PORT HARCOURT CITY

ONYIGE, CHIOMA DAISY

PH.D STUDENT, CRIMINOLOGY, POLICE SCIENCE AND SOCIAL WORK, DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY

UNIVERSITY OF PORT HARCOURT

ABSTRACT
Rural-urban inspiration as undertaken by people is accounted for by their weighing up the relative merits of their present location and the reasonable alternatives in the light of their capabilities and resources with the goal of higher standard of living or more satisfactory way of life, the luxuries of life that are lacking in the rural areas: and the prospects for better employment and higher remuneration. Yet, an urban reality also is unemployment, a term first introduced in 1898 to describe people with no fixed income. Once victimized by this situation, people suffer, among others, from threat to stability of family relationship as an economic and social unit, susceptibility to becoming the “devils workshop”, loss of income status and reduction in economic rating: and decline in nutritional status. Government intervention is required to stem the tide of the unemployment adversity.

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