Is Yunnan “Eliminating” the Hukou System? – Carl Minzner

On his and blog, Carl Minzner asks if recent reports that Yunnan will eliminate the hukou system are accurate:

Short answer – no. At least one website has reported that recent reforms undertaken by the provincial government of Yunnan will “eliminate” the household registration (hukou) system. This isn’t the case.

The announced Yunnan reforms will eliminate the distinction between “agricultural” and “non-agricultural” hukou status, according to an October 25 article. Similar reforms have been announced by a number of other and municipalities. But they do not affect the requirement that obtain local hukou in areas to receive public services and benefits on an equal basis with other urban residents. [Full text]

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