rural migration

Phrase of the Week: Temporary Residence

The Word of the Week comes from China Digital Space’s Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon, a glossary of terms created by Chinese netizens and frequently encountered in online political discussions. These are the words of China’s online...

Migration in Shaanxi Complicates Farmer’s Lives

Ian Johnson reports for a New York Times series on mass migration in China that a 200 billion dollar project will relocate 2.4 million farmers from the Shaanxi mountains to towns that have been “built from scratch on...

From Sand to Skyscrapers: Inside China’s Newest City

As Beijing plans to move hundreds of millions into China’s cities, Tom Phillips reports from Lanzhou New Area, a new city under construction in Gansu province for which 700 mountains were condemned to be flattened: Its...

Mass Migration Planned For China’s Rural Population

A New York Times video and a report by Ian Johnson state that the Chinese government plans to move 250,000,000 people from farms to housing in cities in the next 12 to 15 years with a goal to place 70% of its citizens in urban...

Migrant Workers’ Pay Growth Slows

The number of migrant workers in China reached 262.6 million in 2012, with 163.4 million working away from home for at least six months. These figures come from a new survey by the National Bureau of Statistics, which also...

8 Questions and a Podcast on ‘China’s Urban Billion’

At China Real Time Report, Tom Orlik discusses urbanization, hukou reform, land ownership, urban sustainability and the price of heroin in Chongqing with Tom Miller, author of China’s Urban Billion. We’re hearing a lot...

China’s iPad Generation

At Foreign Policy, Deborah Jian Lee and Sushma Subramanian describe the effects of China’s mass labour migration on the families it pulls apart. Absent parents leave tens of millions of rural children vulnerable to...

China’s Changing Migration Patterns

This week’s Economist includes a map of interprovincial migration in China between 1990 and 2005. Central China—particularly Henan, Hunan, Anhui and Sichuan—saw millions leave for the coastal regions, with Zhejiang,...

Empty Chairs Symbolise Pain of Rural China

Ministry of Tofu has posted a set of photos by Xinhua’s Liu Jie, which poignantly reflect the separation of millions of families by mass labour migration and tight residence restrictions. Due to the massive urbanization...

Rural Migration to Cities & Government Intervention to Help Rural Workers

This Statesman article talks about the migration of people living in rural areas to the larger cities. It covers this issue on a larger, worldwide scale (mentions legal and illegal migrations, cross-border migrations, etc…) as well as in China. In the fourth paragraph it talks about the migration specifically in China. It also talks about […]



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