The most important problem of the Chongqing case, however, is that the migrant workers from afar, struggling with a disadvantageous opportunity-structure, are not the ones who become subject to hukou reform pilots. In cities all over China, the fact remains: the group of migrant workers that are in the greatest need are those with the least chance of reaping the benefits of getting their hands on a hukou.
I write on the topic of migrant workers in China, the potential benefits of hukou system reform, and the inherent challenges to making this happen. Read the full article on the St Andrews Foreign Affairs Review website.
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