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  1. News - China - DEVELOPMENT

    Beijing lays out first steps in push to urbanise, including 'hukou' changes

    Posted Dec 15th 2013, 05:25am by Staff Reporter

    ... demand and reduce urban-rural disparities. As a first step, restrictions under the household registration system, or hukou, will be removed in small cities and townships and gradually eased ... By partially relaxing the hukou, the leadership hopes to set reasonable conditions for settling in big cities while strictly controlling the population in mega cities. The hukou has long been ...

  2. News - China - REFORM

    Floating population place hopes in hukou reform

    Posted Nov 11th 2013, 05:15am by WU NAN

    ... Wu Nan nan.wu@scmp.com People bemoan the restrictions of the residency system but change hinges on resources of cities Floating population place hopes in hukou reform After living in Beijing for 15 years, Jenny Sun, a 33-year-old arts teacher, was finally able to obtain a hukou that made the capital her legal home. Despite the change on paper, Sun doesn't feel like a true ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    The unknowns in China's great urban change

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 04:45am by KAM WING CHAN

    ... cities can achieve the desired result The great change After more than a decade of mostly empty talk, China has finally announced a bold move to grant urban hukou status to 100 million people ... hukou, and thus be able to access basic urban services. For the past three decades, "urbanisation" in China has often meant allowing millions to move into cities without giving them ...

  4. News - China - URBANISATION

    Non-residents face hard and costly road to get around the hukou barrier

    Posted Sep 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Zhang Hong

    ... Zhang Hong hong.zhang@scmp.com Hard, costly road to leap the hukou hurdle After working in Beijing for 10 years, Gao Feng, 36, a senior manager at a private technology company, nearly has it all: three flats, two luxury cars, a good job and a happy family. What could be missing? A Beijing hukou . Hukou refers to permanent residency status, and an urban hukou often affords its ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Central government must take the lead on China's hukou reform

    Posted Aug 08th 2013, 12:00am by Hu Shuli

    ... the lead on China's hukou reform Come autumn, the government will consider a series of major reforms, including household registration reform. The reform, which is closely linked ... a home and invest, or were regarded as talent, did receive "fast track" treatment if they wished to shift their hukou to the city. But this clearly did not satisfy the criteria ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Spirit of adventure can guide hukou reform

    Posted Mar 09th 2013, 12:00am by WINSTON MOK

    ... Winston Mok Winston Mok suggests steps to overhaul the system, based on experimentation and market rules Spirit of adventure can do for hukou reform what it did for Chinese growth In Wen ... Part of the solution may be staring us in the face. The "blue chop" hukou system- under which migrants were offered urban resident status with a certain amount of investment- ...

  7. News - China - VISAS

    Academic outraged at request for hukou in UK visa application

    Posted Jan 20th 2013, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Academic is angry after staff at embassy asked for his household registration document Outrage at hukou request for UK visa application A prominent ... visa application centre demanded the document in addition to his passport and national identity card. The household registration, or hukou , system has long been criticised by Yu and other ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Lunacy of Lunar New Year travel must spur hukou reform

    Posted Feb 21st 2013, 12:00am by Hu Shuli

    ... registration system. About 35 per cent of Chinese people have an urban hukou. This means some 220 million city residents hold a rural account and may not enjoy the rights and public services accorded their neighbours in the city. Without these basic guarantees, rural hukou holders can't settle down in the city. Thus, the numbers living in cities grow, but the quality of life doesn't improve. ...

  9. News - China - SHANXI

    Shanxi investigates disciplinary official for double hukou

    Posted Jan 29th 2013, 12:35pm by Ernest Kao

    ... illegally registered household registration permits, or hukou, in both Yuncheng and Beijing, the newspaper had first  reported on Thursday. Zhang's husband, Sun Hongjun, helped her obtain the hukou during his tenure as Xiaxian county’s police chief. He was sacked last year. Zhang’s Beijing address is listed to a residential complex in Zhongguancun – an area known by many as China’s ...




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