China’s Rapid Development Has Transformed Its Migration Trends

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January 28, 2022


Heidi Østbø Haugen and Tabitha Speelman


This article analyzes the trends in China’s international mobility, foregrounded in the economic reforms of the last four decades. The authors argue that while the country has become wealthier and more urbanized, it struggles to balance its economic needs and political considerations and as a result, migration remains a topic that is approached with wariness. The authors show that though migration to China has increased, regulation of migration and integration of migrants is still lacking but recent actions of the Chinese government show a potential lean towards migration governance in the future.



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