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Rural migration in Mongolia

<p>People walk down a street in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. Mongolia is the world's least densely populated country, with 2.7 million people spread across an area three times the size of France, two-fifths in rural areas on wind swept steppes.  

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People walk down a street in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. Mongolia is the world's least densely populated country, with 2.7 million people spread across an area three times the size of France, two-fifths in rural areas on wind...more

People walk down a street in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. Mongolia is the world's least densely populated country, with 2.7 million people spread across an area three times the size of France, two-fifths in rural areas on wind swept steppes. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>People walk down a street in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. According to a 2010 National Population Center census, every year between thirty to forty thousand people migrate from the countryside to the capital Ulan Bator. 

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People walk down a street in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. According to a 2010 National Population Center census, every year between thirty to forty thousand people migrate from the countryside to the capital Ulan Bator....more

People walk down a street in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. According to a 2010 National Population Center census, every year between thirty to forty thousand people migrate from the countryside to the capital Ulan Bator. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>A woman stands in a carpark in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. 

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A woman stands in a carpark in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A woman stands in a carpark in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>A woman stands outside a Louis Vuitton shop in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. 


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A woman stands outside a Louis Vuitton shop in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A woman stands outside a Louis Vuitton shop in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>A man in traditional dress walks through central square in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. 


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A man in traditional dress walks through central square in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A man in traditional dress walks through central square in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p> People walk down a street in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. 

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People walk down a street in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

People walk down a street in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>People stand outside a shop in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. 

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People stand outside a shop in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

People stand outside a shop in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>Cars drive down a street in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. 

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Cars drive down a street in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Cars drive down a street in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>A young Mongolian stands outside a block of appartments in the capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. 

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A young Mongolian stands outside a block of appartments in the capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (

A young Mongolian stands outside a block of appartments in the capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (

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<p>A block of appartments are seen in the capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. 

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A block of appartments are seen in the capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A block of appartments are seen in the capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>A Mongolian walks past a graffiti covered wall in the capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. 


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A Mongolian walks past a graffiti covered wall in the capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A Mongolian walks past a graffiti covered wall in the capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>A young Mongolian walks through the capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. 


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A young Mongolian walks through the capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A young Mongolian walks through the capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>People walk down a street in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. 

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People walk down a street in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

People walk down a street in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>Young Mongolians walk through the capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. 

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Young Mongolians walk through the capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Young Mongolians walk through the capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>A Mongolian walks through the capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. 

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A Mongolian walks through the capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A Mongolian walks through the capital Ulan Bator, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>A traditional Mongolian tent is seen near an urban area of Zuunkharaa city, Selenge province, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. 

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A traditional Mongolian tent is seen near an urban area of Zuunkharaa city, Selenge province, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A traditional Mongolian tent is seen near an urban area of Zuunkharaa city, Selenge province, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>A traditional Mongolian tent is seen near Zuunkharaa city, Selenge province, northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. 


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A traditional Mongolian tent is seen near Zuunkharaa city, Selenge province, northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A traditional Mongolian tent is seen near Zuunkharaa city, Selenge province, northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>A horse is seen on the side of a hill in Selenge province,  northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. 


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A horse is seen on the side of a hill in Selenge province, northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A horse is seen on the side of a hill in Selenge province, northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>Jugderdem, 2, walks next to a traditional Mongolian tent in Shivert, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. 

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Jugderdem, 2, walks next to a traditional Mongolian tent in Shivert, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Jugderdem, 2, walks next to a traditional Mongolian tent in Shivert, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>Jugderdem, 2, stands at the door of a traditional Mongolian tent in Shivert, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. 

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Jugderdem, 2, stands at the door of a traditional Mongolian tent in Shivert, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Jugderdem, 2, stands at the door of a traditional Mongolian tent in Shivert, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p> Javzansuren, 72, and his son Bayasgalan cut wood near their traditional Mongolian ger in Shivert, northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. 

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Javzansuren, 72, and his son Bayasgalan cut wood near their traditional Mongolian ger in Shivert, northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Javzansuren, 72, and his son Bayasgalan cut wood near their traditional Mongolian ger in Shivert, northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>Togdariimaa, 29 years-old, works in a field in Shivert, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. 
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Togdariimaa, 29 years-old, works in a field in Shivert, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Togdariimaa, 29 years-old, works in a field in Shivert, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>Javzansuren, 72, stands next to his traditional Mongolian ger in Shivert, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. 

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Javzansuren, 72, stands next to his traditional Mongolian ger in Shivert, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Javzansuren, 72, stands next to his traditional Mongolian ger in Shivert, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>Togdariimaa, 29, opens the door of her traditional Mongolian ger in Shivert, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. 

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Togdariimaa, 29, opens the door of her traditional Mongolian ger in Shivert, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Togdariimaa, 29, opens the door of her traditional Mongolian ger in Shivert, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>Javzansuren, 72, herds his sheep in Shivert, northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. 

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Javzansuren, 72, herds his sheep in Shivert, northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Javzansuren, 72, herds his sheep in Shivert, northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>A traditional Mongolian ger is seen at night in Shivert,  northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. 

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A traditional Mongolian ger is seen at night in Shivert, northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A traditional Mongolian ger is seen at night in Shivert, northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>Javzanpagma, 71, talks on the phone as her husband Javzansuren fixes a lantern inside their ger in Shivert, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. 

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Javzanpagma, 71, talks on the phone as her husband Javzansuren fixes a lantern inside their ger in Shivert, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Javzanpagma, 71, talks on the phone as her husband Javzansuren fixes a lantern inside their ger in Shivert, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>Myagmarsuren leads a horse carrying his son Jugderdem, 2, in Shivert, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. 


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Myagmarsuren leads a horse carrying his son Jugderdem, 2, in Shivert, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Myagmarsuren leads a horse carrying his son Jugderdem, 2, in Shivert, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>Animals own by a nomad family are see on the Mongolian steppe in Shivert, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. 

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Animals own by a nomad family are see on the Mongolian steppe in Shivert, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Animals own by a nomad family are see on the Mongolian steppe in Shivert, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>Myagmarsuren, 33, walks back to his ger in Shivert, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. 

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Myagmarsuren, 33, walks back to his ger in Shivert, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Myagmarsuren, 33, walks back to his ger in Shivert, 200km northeast of Ulan Bator October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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