Housing migrant workers in rapidly urbanizing regions: A study of the Chinese model in Shenzhen

Ya Ping Wang, Yanglin Wang, Jiansheng Wu

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    Abstract

    China has experienced a huge wave of rural to urban migration over the last 25 years; however, Chinese cities do not have the large-scale slum settlements found in other developing countries. Has China found a new way to solve the housing problems of migrants and the urban poor? This paper addresses this question and reports the findings of a recent research project carried out in Shenzhen City. In general, Chinese migrants are poor in comparison with official urban residents. The majority of them live in shared rooms or small apartments in the so-called urban villages. Housing poverty, especially overcrowding, is a serious problem. This paper also highlights the positive contributions made by urban villages and private landlords in housing the large number of migrants in cities. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)83-100
    Number of pages18
    JournalHousing Studies
    Volume25
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010

    Keywords

    • Chinese urbanization
    • Housing condition
    • Housing need
    • Housing the poor
    • Migration
    • Private rented housing

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