China Moves on Reforming Hukou?

Residential buildings in Beijing Photograph by Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

Is China finally ready to make some serious progress on reforming its restrictive household registration, or hukou, policy? That’s the decades-old residency system that gives all Chinese an official status as either urban or rural (as indicated in a small red passbook). On June 26, China’s powerful National Development and Reform Commission announced in a report on urbanization that “the government should gradually tear down household registration obstacles to facilitate the orderly migration of people from rural to urban areas,” according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

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