Population Growth and Redistribution in Sri Lanka, 1901–1981

  • A. W. A. D. G. Abayasekara
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The population of Sri Lanka increased substantially during the eight decades of this century, mainly due to rapidly declining mortality. Colonial development of the Wet Zone, where foreign-controlled plantations were located, has since been replaced by an emphasis on the Dry Zone where a number of development projects were initiated by the government. Past migration trends resulted in a complex ethnic composition of population which is discussed in the latter part of the paper.


Internal Migration Demographic Transition Crude Death Rate Crude Birth Rate Population Redistribution 
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  • A. W. A. D. G. Abayasekara
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  1. 1.Mahaveli Authority of Sri LankaColomboSri Lanka

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