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China Seminars - 2012-2013

Migrants' Residential Location Choice Among Rural Settlements in Beijing - Liming Wang

Event Date and Location

Thursday, November 8, 12:00-1:30pm - Urban Center Room 220


The emergence of 'villages in the city' (Chengzhongcun in Chinese) - rural villages that are encroached by rapid urban development and become concentrated pockets of neighborhoods housing thousands of migrant workers is a unique phenomenon in China's fast growing cities since 1990s. Previous research on this topic has largely focused on explaining why migrants choose to live in rural settlements, but largely ignored migrants' locational preference among such settlements. In this research, we study various factors affecting the preferences of their residential location choice. Data for the empirical analysis are collected from a 2008 survey of 1,000 rural migrants in 50 migrant settlements in Beijing. The survey provides in-depth housing, working and commuting information of rural migrants before and after moving to their present settlement, their social interactions within migrant settlements, as well as the information about the settlements including local and migrant population, public facilities, sanitation and public transit. Our research sheds light on factors affecting migrants' residential location decision and complements previous research of rural settlements in China. We will also discuss implications for policies and planning regarding rural migrants and settlements.

This talk is based on collaborative research conducted by Assistant Professor Liming Wang with Yizhen Gu of UC Berkeley and Siqi Zheng of Tsinghua University.

Word of the Day

Each week our visiting scholars and Chinese speaking staff will present one planning-related word in English and Chinese for attendees. This week we learned two words.

Chinese: 流动人口
Pinyin: Liu Dong Ren Kou
Meaning: Rural-to-urban migrant

Chinese: 城中村
Pinyin: Cheng Zhong Cun
Meaning: Village in the city; Often referred to as urban villages.