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A New Phase and New Issues of Rural-Urban Migration in China

A New Phase and New Issues of Rural-Urban Migration in China

Prof Xin Meng, Prof Bob Gregory, Prof. Richard Freeman, Prof. Xiaolu Wang, Ms Helena Bordie and Mr Liangming Lyu

Partner Oganisations: Beijing Lochain Express Ltd. Co., Rio Tinto Services Limited and National Economic Research Institute, China Reform Foundation

China’s urbanisation has come to a turning point.  The large pool of rural young workers (16-25 years of age), which fed the industrialisation needs of the 1990s and 2000s, has exhausted.  Future growth needs to rely on the increase in the length of stay of the existing migrants and the increase in older new migrants.  Due to this shift, the institutional restrictions, which deter family migration, become the key challenge.  This project examines the cost of the migration restrictions (shortened labour supply and reduced human capital accumulation for the current and next generation migrants: their education, health and pro-social behaviour); and the best way to reform the restrictions on family migration and the priority for the reform.

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