The following was published on The Borgen Project’s Magazine. You can read it here.
SEATTLE — Bangladesh is the tenth most densely populated country in the world, with a population of 166 million people living in a land area of approximately 147,560 square kilometers. Between 2010 and 2016, urban poverty rates declined from 21.3 percent to 18.9 percent, and rural poverty rates declined from 35.2 percent to 26.4 percent. However, in recent years the rate of poverty reduction in Bangladesh has slowed. Today, approximately one in four Bangladeshis (24.3 percent of the population) remain in poverty and 12.9 percent of the population lives in extreme poverty. The poverty rates and health risks in Bangladesh are directly affected by the country’s high number of internally displaced persons, refugees and migrants.