Durga Nagar slum
Siliguri is one of the fastest growing cities in India. Of Siliguri Municipal Corporation’s total population of 509,709, more than one third (36.08%) of the people live in slums and squatter settlements (Census Report-2011, provisional). The city’s fast growing commerce and location attract migrants from almost all directions and from both within and outside of the country. There is a surplus of impoverished rural residents that are unemployed or semi-employed, and many are forced to migrate to the city in search of employment opportunities. Siliguri, being close to the international borders with Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and China (Tibet), attracts a large number of people, including both political and economic refugees, from those countries.