Case ID: HKU839
Solution ID: 3819

Chinas Migrant Workforce and the Reform of Its Housing Registration System Case Solution

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This case talks about the housing registration system which was implemented in China within the late nineteen fifties and categorized people into two groups: urban and rural. It was a standing that people were born with and passed in one generation to another. It not just defined their home and work, but the social benefits, housing, health care and education these were titled to. At that time after 1978, with reforms in rural areas and the introduction of urban seaside areas, cheap labor clustered towards the metropolitan areas. With more than 200 million migrants to cities in two decades, the housing registration system avoided many from finding proper jobs, housing, health care and education. China government launched into numerous reforms with different levels of success. This case highlights rural-urban differences and also the resulting migration to cities.

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