Can China Keep Its New Promise to City Migrants?

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CityLab's “Can China Keep Its New Promise to City Migrants? ”quoted Nunn School Professor Fei-Ling Wang.

China is currently home to the largest migration in human history, with hundreds of millions of people moving from rural areas into cities in search of a better life. That “better” life, however, has proven hard to grasp—especially when a lack of residency status in those cities means migrants can’t access public services like health care and education. But the government’s latest move may finally provide some relief to the more than 250 million migrants across the country… The new policy is a compromise between migrants and permanent residents, who have pushed back in the past on sharing their city’s resources with “outsiders,” says Fei-Ling Wang, an expert on the history of China’s hukou system at the Georgia Institute of Technology. “Essentially, it’s a fairness issue,” he tells CityLab. “Those ‘outsiders’ are actually the wealth creators for cities. They work very hard and put in a lot of effort and they don't take much.” In that sense, he adds, they live much like undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

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Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

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  • Created By: Rebecca Keane
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  • Created On: Dec 18, 2015 - 8:13am
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 10:27pm