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From Rural Poverty to Urban Poverty: A Case Study in Shanxi

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  • Mei Zhang
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    In recent years there has been an enormous number of rural-urban migrants in China. In this study their social and economic status in destinations is studied based on a case study in Shanxi province of central China. Whilst rural-urban migration could bring the migrants out of the rural poverty, a key question is whether this will then bring them into urban poverty, from both social and economic viewpoints. A two-ended approach was used, namely, the studied migrants were followed from carefully sampled sending areas, so that their social and economic backgrounds were similar. The results show that rural-urban migrants in Shanxi are now generally in a position of urban poverty, and some key issues of improvements are then briefly discussed.

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    Article provided by Institute of Asian Studies, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg in its journal China aktuell - Journal of Current Chinese Affairs.

    Volume (Year): 36 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 10-39

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    Handle: RePEc:gig:chaktu:v:36:y:2007:i:2:p:10-39

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