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


  • Rachel Connelly
  • Kenneth Roberts
  • Zhenzhen Zheng


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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  • Rachel Connelly & Kenneth Roberts & Zhenzhen Zheng, 2011. "The settlement of rural migrants in urban China - some of China's migrants are not 'floating' anymore," Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 9(3), pages 283-300.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jocebs:v:9:y:2011:i:3:p:283-300 DOI: 10.1080/14765284.2011.592356

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    1. Zhao, Qiran & Yu, Xiaohua & Wang, Xiaobing & Glauben, Thomas, 2014. "The impact of parental migration on children's school performance in rural China," China Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 31(C), pages 43-54.
    2. Connelly, Rachel & Maurer-Fazio, Margaret, 2016. "Left behind, at-risk, and vulnerable elders in rural China," China Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 37(C), pages 140-153.
    3. Shukui Tan & Yanan Li & Yan Song & Xiang Luo & Min Zhou & Lu Zhang & Bing Kuang, 2017. "Influence factors on settlement intention for floating population in urban area: a China study," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 51(1), pages 147-176, January.


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