About 40 per cent of the 400 million people working in cities are migrant workers. Photo: AP About 40 per cent of the 400 million people working in cities are migrant workers. Photo: AP
About 40 per cent of the 400 million people working in cities are migrant workers. Photo: AP
China economy

China to roll out urban hukou welcome mat for rural residents in push for economic growth

  • The government plans to revamp residency rules to speed up the shift to cities to spur the economy and cushion blows from the US trade war
  • The hukou system has blocked many migrant workers from access to social services and deterred them from spending, analyst says

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About 40 per cent of the 400 million people working in cities are migrant workers. Photo: AP About 40 per cent of the 400 million people working in cities are migrant workers. Photo: AP
About 40 per cent of the 400 million people working in cities are migrant workers. Photo: AP

Corrected [2:36pm, 12 Mar, 2021]

  • [2:36pm, 12 Mar, 2021]

    An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that the hukou system is based on the person’s birthplace. It is based on the birthplace of the person’s parents.

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