The end of the hukou system? Not yet

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The July 2014 Chinese State Council circular on the “end of the hukou (household registration) system” has been greeted by a mixture of jubilation and scepticism in the press. The abolition of the distinction between rural and urban Chinese citizens, which has existed since the 1950s, is historic, and may be of symbolic importance, but much of the rest of the policy announcement is neither new nor likely to benefit most current and prospective rural-urban migrants. Real hukou reform will be difficult and costly, and remains a long way off.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014

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NameChina Policy Institute Policy Papers
PublisherUniversity of Nottingham


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