Journal of Mountain Science

, Volume 13, Issue 5, pp 947–956 | Cite as

Length of stay in urban areas of circular migrants from the mountainous areas in China

  • Ming-hong Tan
  • Xiu-bin LiEmail author
  • Jian-zhong Yan
  • Liang-jie Xin
  • Lai-xiang Sun


Currently, there is limited literature dealing with the length of stay of circular migrants in urban areas (LSCMU), although many studies have discussed the phenomenon of migration and the determinants of migration. This study attempts to fill that gap using survey data from the mountainous areas of Chongqing, Southwest China. From a comparative perspective, this study divided workers into two groups (a young group aged between 16 and 35 years and an old group aged between 36 and 65 years). The average LSCMU values for the young and old groups were 225 days and 174 days, respectively. Two multi-regression models were used to estimate the determinants of LSCMU in the two groups. The results showed that LSCMU was closely related to individual factors in both groups, including gender, age and job training. Family and community factors, including household size, arable land per capita and the distance from market, had much weaker effects on the dependent variable, especially in the older group. It was noticeable that job training had significant positive effects on LSCMU in both groups; these findings have special implications for the urbanization process in China.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ming-hong Tan
    • 1
  • Xiu-bin Li
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jian-zhong Yan
    • 2
  • Liang-jie Xin
    • 1
  • Lai-xiang Sun
    • 3
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Land Surface Pattern and Simulation, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources ResearchChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.College of Resources and EnvironmentSouthwest UniversityChongqingChina
  3. 3.Department of Geographical SciencesUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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