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Challenges for housing rural-to-urban migrants in Beijing

Yu, Li ORCID: and Cai, Haipeng 2013. Challenges for housing rural-to-urban migrants in Beijing. Habitat International 40 , pp. 268-277. 10.1016/j.habitatint.2013.05.006

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China is undergoing dramatic changes through the rapid economic development that is associated with rapid urbanisation, which leads to nationwide migration. As many as 5,000,000 rural migrants have moved to Beijing. This research explores the challenge of appropriate housing to accommodate these migrants as the consequence of the dual urban and rural population registration system (hukou). The hukou system restrains the accessibility to various affordable housing mechanisms that are only available for urban hukou holders. Through analysing various existing alternative affordable housing policies, the authors have come to a view that the rented basement has been a compromise solution for migrants in Beijing. However, living in basement creates several social, economic and environmental issues, as noted through detailed surveys of the authors in the three specific cases in Beijing. It is the view of the authors that some of these problems were generated by the inappropriate management and in contradiction to policies made by the local government.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Publisher: Elsevier
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 08:17

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