Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 386

Full Length Research Paper

Urban management in Kurdish border cities of Iran: Case study of Saqqez

  A. Kiani* and A. Heydari  
  Department of Geography and Urban Planning, University of Zabol, Zabol, Iran.  
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 27 July 2011
  •  Published: 18 September 2011



Saqqez is the second largest city in the Kurdistan province of Iran. In recent years, Saqqez has been faced with many problems due to emigration from rural centers and small cities. Since immigration has an inadmissible proportion to larger cities, it is blamed on many urban problems. This article wants to review these negative prejudgments in order to delineate specific problems and adopt real urban management solutions for urban managers. It tries to review immigration theory from an array of different studies to provide a conceptual framework and assessment of how continuous immigration to Kurdish border cities will have an impact on the future of Iranian cities. This case study provides programs which have been implemented in national levels. In the current study, librarian methods are used to review past researches about rural to urban emigration and to make suggestions on how the apparent problems in urban management may be solved. The results show that villagers' immigration to areas that have the appropriate capacity for immigrants is essential. Nowadays, immigration as a part of urban development is inevitable and as such, it should be anticipatory. Also, it shows that there are some weaknesses in urban policies and visuals about constructive and integrated policies which is a reflection of urban management.


Key words: Urban management, immigration theories, Kurdish cities, Iran, urban, cultural.