Beijing lifts controls on migrants
Beijing announced the end of its rules limiting the life and work of immigrants Friday. While praising the local government’s magnanimity, experts also worried that the capital will face a population expansion in the near future.
Deputies to the 19th session of the 12th Beijing Municipal People’s Congress agreed, after serious discussion, to annul the city’s 10-year-old rules that limited immigrants’ access to jobs and housing…
Though good news to local immigrants, the abrogation of the rules has prompted worries that the city will suffer a population explosion. The registered migrant population in Beijing was 3.6 million at the end of 2004, about one quarter of its total population.
A previous Newsweek article on this issue is here. A 2002 Human Rights in China report, “Institutionalized Exclusion: The tenuous legal status of internal migrants in China’s major cities,” by Sophia Woodman, is here.