Global assessments of sexual and reproductive health needs of rural-urban migrants in an urbanizing world
Sustainable Development Goal 3.7 is less likely to be achieved unless the sexual and reproductive health needs of rural-urban migrants are met. We are living in a continuously urbanizing world (UN 2019a; Jiang and O’Neill 2017), and rural-urban migration is one of the key driving forces of urbanization. Studies show that rural-urban migrants are unable to access comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services. Compared to urban non-migrants, they are less knowledgeable of and useless sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services; are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviour. Although urban migrants may have better access to modern contraceptives than rural non-migrants, a large proportion of migrants become slum dwellers in peri-urban areas where migrants lack social protection and information on rights and entitlements; and they are exposed to a range of social discriminations.
Jiang, Leiwen and Timothy Thomas. 2022. "Global assessments of sexual and reproductive health needs of rural-urban migrants in an urbanizing world," Urban Health and Wellbeing Programme, Policy Briefs, Volume 3: 23–28.