The U-N Development Program says a study of several of the re-settled communities in Laos revealed that villagers were significantly poorer and sicker after the move. The report also said re-settled villagers faced a greater threat from illnesses such as mosquito-borne fevers and upper respiratory diseases. The re-located villagers also often lacked access to enough land for sufficient rice production to feed residents. It is not clear how many people have moved in Laos because of government-sponsored relocation.(Source: UN)
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