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Margela Schurkel
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Today, there are new figures for the population developement on citypopulation.de. Especially the growth rates changed a lot, the region Bangkok has grown 2% every year since the last census taken in 2000 and stands now at 11,97 million people, which represents about 18,1% of the total population. In 2000, 16,7% lived in the metro area of Bangkok. The slowest growth was recorded in the poor north of Thailand with only 0,18% a year.

Is the fast growing metro area of Bangkok beneficial to Thailand or is it only a population magnet that will pull all the people from the other regions?
 

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Well, that's an interesting question. The northeast regions of Thailand (sometimes known as 'Isan') have a population of around 20 million people, with the largest city (called 'Udon Thani') only having about 220,000 people. It is a very rural environment with no major urbanization to speak of. As a result, younger people tend to flee that region, particularly to Bangkok.

It seems unavoidable. There are some advantages that come from having a megacity of Bangkok's size. That city is an economic engine for the entire country, with millions of former northerners sending money back to their families in other parts of Thailand.

However, this causes price inflation in those regions, and makes life more difficult for people who do NOT have a family member working somewhere else. So it increases pressure people to leave.

But that is a foundational problem having to do with the nature of the economy up there. There is some hope that the new highway from Bangkok to Kunming, China will spark economic growth along the way, though that remains to be seen.
 

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bkk isn't only part of thailand wit high population growth rate. resort towns liek pattaya phuket etc also booming and big draw from isan migrant workers
 

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IMO there is no additional benefit in a city over 5 million. It just gets messy and too expensive. Would be nice to spread the development across the country more evenely. Especially the rural north should see more investment. The government should build some top universities in the north so young people stay and found some startup companies. I guess there are many people who would like to live in less crwoded conditions but are currently forced to move to Bangkok because of job opportunities.
 

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IMO there is no additional benefit in a city over 5 million. It just gets messy and too expensive. Would be nice to spread the development across the country more evenely. Especially the rural north should see more investment. The government should build some top universities in the north so young people stay and found some startup companies. I guess there are many people who would like to live in less crwoded conditions but are currently forced to move to Bangkok because of job opportunities.
That's the point. Centralization is a process that you can hardly stop or turn. The more people Bangkok has, the higher is it's 'pull factor' that leads more and more people to migrate in the city. It's like a magnet. And nobody knows when it will stop. Seoul has just passed the 49% mark and in a few years the metro area will contain more than half of the population of South Korea!
 

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Watch France and Thailand, they have same size, population, same colors of flag, great cultures, now as much populated capital cities and national population growths are similar... and it's the same, north grow slowly compared to south, but Paris is more northern that Bangkok, but still all population in centered around Paris...
 

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Yes, at the moment, but Paris is growing with 0.71% every year, and bangkok with 2%. ;)
yes, it's probably due to greater weather in Bangkok... southern french cities growth is big.

1999
Thailand : ~60,500,000 +2,000,000
France : ~58,500,000 (without overseas)

2008
Thailand : ~63,000,000 +1,000,000
France : ~62,000,000 (without overseas)

Actually, the fastest growing city of France is "Airbus City" Toulouse with 2,38% , like i said, it's the call of sun... :cheers:

Thailand is really my favorite country in south-east asia... and one thing completely different from France, it's that people smile ! HAHAHAH ! ( well maybe France should again be a kingdom like Thailand ?? french presidents already act like boring kings... )
 

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ideally you'd want several urban cores that are dispersed relatively evenly. residents could still enjoy the urban life and its opportunities, and development would be much easier. unfortunately it's not an ideal world. bangkok has a centripetal pull, and barring a khmer rouge like depopulation of the urban areas, nothing will stop it.

it's not bangkok that's the problem. unfortunately for bangkok, and many other already large urban centers, infrastructure development is both behind population growth, and the infrastructure itself is disproportionately geared towards the car.

this is not to say that bangkok is a mess beyond redemption, just that a more concerted, proficient, and ultimately better-funded effort must be put into developing the city's infrastructure.
 
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