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A comparative analysis of China's permanent and temporary migration during the reform period

A comparative analysis of China's permanent and temporary migration during the reform period Examines China's population movement since the 1980s. The analysis tackles two types of migration: permanent with corresponding transfers of the household registration, and temporary without such transfers. The study finds that, while the reform has brought about a proliferation of temporary migrants, numbers of permanent migrants have been rather stable. Of temporary migrants, an increasing proportion has been made up by urban residents. Temporary migrants as a whole are more likely to conduct inter-provincial migration than their permanent counterparts. Coastal provinces and a few northwest provinces have been the favored destinations for temporary migrants. Cities, especially large cities, are preferred by both permanent and temporary migrants. The attraction of towns has been weak and tended to decline. The findings suggest that the reform has not led to a significant change in the formality of permanent migration. The large-city oriented flow of the overall migration has been contrary to the state urbanization strategy which prioritizes the development of small cities and towns. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Social Economics Emerald Publishing

A comparative analysis of China's permanent and temporary migration during the reform period

International Journal of Social Economics , Volume 27 (3): 21 – Mar 1, 2000

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © 2000 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
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0306-8293
DOI
10.1108/03068290010384259
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Abstract

Examines China's population movement since the 1980s. The analysis tackles two types of migration: permanent with corresponding transfers of the household registration, and temporary without such transfers. The study finds that, while the reform has brought about a proliferation of temporary migrants, numbers of permanent migrants have been rather stable. Of temporary migrants, an increasing proportion has been made up by urban residents. Temporary migrants as a whole are more likely to conduct inter-provincial migration than their permanent counterparts. Coastal provinces and a few northwest provinces have been the favored destinations for temporary migrants. Cities, especially large cities, are preferred by both permanent and temporary migrants. The attraction of towns has been weak and tended to decline. The findings suggest that the reform has not led to a significant change in the formality of permanent migration. The large-city oriented flow of the overall migration has been contrary to the state urbanization strategy which prioritizes the development of small cities and towns.

Journal

International Journal of Social EconomicsEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 1, 2000

Keywords: Migration; Population; Urban policy

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