Spatial Mobility of Migrant Workers in Beijing, China by Ran Liu

By Ran Liu

The nice migration of farmers leaving rural China to paintings and stay in sizeable towns as 'floaters' has been an on-going debate in China for the prior 3 a long time. This publication probes into the spatial mobility of migrant staff in Beijing, and questions the town 'rights' concerns underneath the city-making circulation in modern China. In revealing and explaining the socio-spatial injustice, this quantity re-theorizes the 'right to town' within the chinese language context on the grounds that Deng Xiaoping's reforms. The coverage assessment, census research, and housing survey are carried out to check the destiny of migrant employees, who being the main marginalized crew need to circulation again and again because the urban expands and modernizes itself. The examine additionally compares the migrant staff with neighborhood Pekinese dislocated through internal urban renewals and town enlargement actions. quick city development and land expropriation of peripheral farmlands have additionally created a spinoff of urbanization, a casual estate improvement through neighborhood farmers in line with emerging inexpensive apartment housing call for. it is a hugely related phenomenon with towns in different newly industrialized international locations, equivalent to São Paulo. Readers could be supplied with an outstanding foundation in realizing the interaction in addition to conflicts among migrant employees' housing rights and China's globalizing and branding objectives of its capital city.


This ebook can be of serious curiosity to researchers and coverage makers in housing making plans, governance in the direction of city informalities, rights to the town, migrant keep watch over and administration, and housing-related clash resolutions in China today.

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Lefebvre (1996: 34) defined the ‘Right to the City’ as ‘the rights of the citizen as an urban dweller (citadin) and user of multiple services…[which] cover the right to the use of the centre, a privileged place, instead of being dispersed and stuck into ghettos’. The bottom-up claim for the ‘Right to the City’ is actually a cry for openness, transparency and fairness. The book focuses on the ‘right’ and ‘mobility’ of low-income migrant workers against a backdrop of housing inequalities and city-branding movements during the transitional era in Beijing: • The ‘Right to the City’ for migrant workers who move from their place of origin to work in Beijing; and • Their ‘mobility’ to the fringes of Beijing, following tenement demolition or rising property rentals.

At the moment, in the aftermath of a drastic social reshuffle and years of inflation and existence of the housing bubble, it is a contentious issue as to who is best suited to have access to public housing assistance. The problems of housing inaccessibility, misallocation and malpractice remain a key challenge to providing equitable access for all eligible citizens. Thus, more attention should be paid to the reasons why low-income migrant workers cannot easily access affordable housing, especially after development-induced involuntary mobility.

These higher-end migrant workers own multiple properties and private cars and receive heavy housing subsides, such as the Housing Provident Fund, housing purchase subsidies and winter heating subsidies, from their employers. However, the focus of this book is on the spatial mobility and housing problems of the unskilled and low-wage migrants (Tomba 2004; Man 2010; Cheng 2007; Li and Yi 2007). These low-income migrant workers tend to live in particular locations, including the urban villages, construction sites, and industrial factory dormitories (Wang et al.

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