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Why are young people leaving their homes from rural areas to study or work in the cities

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Why are young people leaving their homes from rural areas to study or work in the cities?

Do advantages of this development outweigh its disadvantages?

Every year more and more youth are forced to leave from sub-urban areas for work or study in the urban areas. Net out-migration from small towns and from far-flung villages is increasing, in this case, young people’s most productive years are being spent in the cities instead of contributing in developing the countryside. This essay will discuss both advantages and disadvantages of young people migrating to cities and examine if the advantages far exceed the disadvantages.

To begin with, living in the city can have many positive impacts compared to rural life. The feeling of endless opportunities in urban areas push many youth to leave the rural areas. Firstly, children have much access to education because cities have multiple forms of education such as colleges and universities. Professionals have access to an array of amazing career opportunities with competitive salaries and benefits. Secondly, convenience is another point of favor. Here one can get all the amenities of modern life and the standard of life in the city is higher. Transportation for instance, cities has well-structured transport network systems that connect key areas. So, people can travel easily in a city.

Turning to the other side of the argument,  traffic congestion is one of the major disadvantage in city living. It is obvious that most city centers are overpopulated, the upsurge of cars in the road that causes jams in major thorough fares is unstoppable . The growth of car use decreases the quality of life in urban areas. However, the negative effect of traffic problems can not overshadow the amazing advantages such as countless options of international cuisine and entertainment that make city living enjoyable.

To sump up, life in the city is generally better than in sub-urban areas because of convenience and access to education. Although many youth appreciate the sense of community that exist in villages, yet, there is the issue of scarcity and lack of opportunity in the rural areas.

Vocabulary

  • Sub-urban – an area outside a city but near it and consisting mainly of homes, sometimes also having stores and small businesses
  • Out-migration – the process of people permanently leaving a place in order to live in another place
  • Far-flung – distant or remote.
  • Countryside – the land and scenery of a rural area.
  • Array – a display of something — usually something varied
  • Amenity – something that helps to provide comfort, convenience, or enjoyment.
  • Congestion – a situation in which a place is too blocked or crowded, causing difficulties.
  • Upsurge – a sudden and usually large increase in something.
  • Jam – to become stuck and unable to move.
  • Cuisine – a style of cooking.
  • Scarcity – refers to the basic economic problem.

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  1. In my case with my siblings from our province of Pampanga, our parents decided to have our college in Baguio City, Philippines though in our place we have the well known 2 universities, the Holy Angel Univ. and the Angeles City University. Their reasons were for us to be dependent and to learn how to carefully manage our monthly allowance. The tuition also considered because it’s quite cheaper and the life was so simple at that time. The getups of women and men were so practical and simple.
    Now, our place was improved by too many malls, the Clark Airbase became the center of employment and well known favorite fast food almost eveywhere. I think that’s the reason why too many graduates and not came here from different provinces for employment and opportunities.

  2. This is true that being away from your parents is a step further to really develop yourself as an individual. However, university experience far from home, in my opinion, is a steep learning curve in gaining independence. If I have a choice, I’ll rather stay home because I love my place where I grew up and the time spent away from your family can’t be recovered. But moving away is inevitable.

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