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  1. News - China

    Guangdong to loosen hukou household registration system for millions of migrants

    Posted May 26th 2014, 04:43pm by He Huifeng

    ... He Huifeng huifeng.he@scmp.com Guangdong set for reforms to hukou Guangdong is set to relax its rules for household registration, or hukou, to attract labour and support an ambitious plan to build towns in less-developed areas. The changes should make it easier for migrant workers to reunite with their families and non-local graduates to change jobs. The move was revealed by deputy ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China's hukou system stands in the way of its dream of prosperity

    Posted Jan 19th 2013, 12:00am by KAM WING CHAN

    ... the country's boom over the past 30 years. Without the hukou system, there would be no China as we know it today. Some have said that it is China's most potent dirty, secret weapon. While ... into an underclass. And since the hukou status is hereditary by law, this underclass position gets passed on to the next generation. This caste-like system is what has made China's urban story so ...

  3. Capital tightening hukou system to limit migrants

    Posted May 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... The Beijing municipal authorities have tightened up the widely criticised household registration, or hukou, system to curb the influx of migrants to the capital, according to a mainland ... if the authorities stuck to the targeted population. Despite the criticism of its discriminatory nature, the hukou system is increasingly used to control population growth, tame housing prices and restrict ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Access to education vital in China's dream of urbanisation

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 03:00am by WINSTON MOK

    ... Winston Mok Winston Mok says the successful urbanisation of Chinese society will depend as much on improving access to education as on hukou reform Addition test Like in some other East ... though they have to be taken on the same dates. With rare exceptions, these exams have to be taken at one's place of household registration, or hukou. This means that migrant children, ...

  5. Migrants failed by cities' efforts to mitigate unfairness of hukou system

    Posted Feb 14th 2011, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... economy, the hukou system can no longer stop people migrating to major cities, but it does deny them the same access to public services as those who have household registration. Liu's plight ... caused by the outdated system. Shanghai introduced the system of residence permits for skilled professionals in 2002, saying holders could apply for hukou in seven years. However, Liu said very ...

  6. 'End hukou system' call earns rebuke

    Posted Mar 06th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Editors at The Economic Observer, the newspaper which initiated a joint editorial published on Monday criticising the mainland's hukou (household registration) system, have been ... on the nation's legislators to abolish the hukou system, calling it 'obsolete', 'unconstitutional' and 'a violation of human rights'. Collaborators included well-known titles ...

  7. Editorial calls for abolition of hukou system

    Posted Mar 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... He Huifeng A joint editorial in 13 mainland newspapers has called on the nation's top legislative body to abolish the hukou system- strict population controls that have split ... of human rights. 'China's people have been suffering from the hukou system for a long time,' it said. 'We believe people are born to freedom and... the right to migrate... We ...

  8. Dismantling the hukou system requires care

    Posted Mar 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of a campaign in the media and policymaking circles to abolish the outdated residency permit system. National People's Congress lawmakers should heed the calls and begin a concerted programme of reforms. The system, known as hukou, is an anomaly amid China's economic and social rise. It made a degree of sense when introduced in 1958 to minimise the movement of people to towns ...

  9. Hukou system to be placed on legislative agenda when time is right

    Posted Oct 30th 2007, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... Klaudia Lee A law reforming the notorious hukou permanent-resident registration system would be put on the agenda for the new term of the National People's Congress Standing Committee 'when conditions are ripe', the NPC legal committee said. While stressing the need to enact a residency law to redress problems caused by the system, the NPC Standing Committee's ...

  10. Permit system entangled in red tape

    Posted Mar 06th 2006, 12:00am by Tom Miller

    ... of the system, which was designed to restrict mobility, crystallised during the famine of the 1960s, when it was essential to control the number of urban hukou holders, who were entitled to grain ... Tom Miller Every citizen on the mainland is issued with a residence permit, or hukou, that identifies the carrier as 'rural' or 'urban'. Urbanites are registered ...




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