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The settlement of rural migrants in urban China - some of China's migrants are not 'floating' anymore

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  • Rachel Connelly
  • Kenneth Roberts
  • Zhenzhen Zheng

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This paper considers economic models of migration in the context of current Chinese migration. We argue that using formally changing one's household registration (hukou) location is too narrow a definition of settlement for policy purposes. Instead we show that time in the city and co-residence with spouses and separately with children reveals systematic settlement behavior on the part of a subset of migrants. The empirical evidence offered is largely descriptive but shows that those migrants who were younger at the age of migration, who are currently married and self-employed spend more years in the city. Men who have been in the city longer and are self-employed are much more likely to be co-residing with their wife. Self-employment is also a predictor of co-residence with children for both mothers and fathers.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies.

Volume (Year): 9 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 283-300

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Handle: RePEc:taf:jocebs:v:9:y:2011:i:3:p:283-300

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Keywords: permanent migration; circular migration; settlement; urbanization;

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