Rural–Urban Migration Policies in China Since 2000s



Since 2000s, Chinese central government has introduced a series of policies aiming to facilitate rural laborers’ migration. Four key policies regarding migrant workers are discussed in this chapter: the Skills Training Program for Migrant Workers; the Circular on Managing Wage Payment to Migrant Workers; the Circular on Migrant Workers Participating in Work-Related Injury Insurance; and The New Rural Medical Cooperative Scheme (Health Insurance). In the context, migrant workers have been well targeted by these polices from the aspects of enhancing their skills, offering social securities, and protecting their legal rights. However, in reality, not every migrant worker makes a claim or gets benefits from these policies as desired. Therefore, it is interesting to explore under these policy intervention, what coping strategies migrant workers adopt to solve these problems they face during their migration trajectories.


Migration policy Migrant worker Job seeking Wage Work injury Illness China 


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  1. 1.University of LeedsLeedsUK

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