Shijiazhuang, the capital city of the province of Hebei, announced last month a “zero threshold” policy for domestic migrants. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese cities step up efforts to lure domestic migrants as government plans to relax local restrictions

  • Hangzhou, Shijiazhuang and Xian have already announced moves to attract more migrants as competition for shrinking pool graduate talent heats up
  • According to a plan published in 2016, China plans to grant urban permanent residency to 100 million people by 2020
Topic |   China economy

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Shijiazhuang, the capital city of the province of Hebei, announced last month a “zero threshold” policy for domestic migrants. Photo: Xinhua
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Construction has been halted in the New District in Dandong, a Chinese city on the North Korean border that has spent heavily on urban development, despite its shrinking population. Photo: Amanda Lee

China’s shrinking cities are still addicted to building despite population slump

  • Dozens of Chinese cities are spending big on construction projects, despite having shrinking populations
  • 90 officially-designated cities have shrinking populations and 71 of those have expanded their urban areas
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Construction has been halted in the New District in Dandong, a Chinese city on the North Korean border that has spent heavily on urban development, despite its shrinking population. Photo: Amanda Lee
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