Ongoing Urbanization in China

China’s residency registration system, known as Hukou, not only includes identifying information, but also creates connection with social welfare based on people’s birthplace. On April 8th, China’s National Development and Reform Commission announced a new policy to relax the existing residency restrictions and encourage 100 million rural citizens to move to cities. What effects will this reform have? What are the concerns about such a large population movement? And what can we expect as China’s urbanization continues?

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