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In Nigeria, the Root Cause of Homelessness is Multifaceted

World Population Review doesn’t use a single metric to comprehensively measure homelessness in Nigeria. They analyze diverse data points, including the proportion of households in overcrowded dwellings, the number of internally displaced persons, and the availability of safe drinking water and sanitation in informal settlements. Nigeria is experiencing rapid urbanization, as more people migrate from rural areas to cities in search of better opportunities. However, the urban housing supply is inadequate to meet the growing demand, resulting in high rents, overcrowding, and informal settlements. According to available data, Nigeria’s housing deficit requires 700,000 housing units to be produced annually for the next 20 years to bridge. Yet, the average annual supply by both public and private developers is put at 50,000 units.

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