How has urban home ownership changed migrants’ settlement intentions in Chinese cities

When:19 Jun 2018, 4pm - 5pm
Venue:Room 221/223, Level 2, John Goodsell Building, UNSW Kensington Campus
Who:Sisi Yang, Macquarie University
How has urban home ownership changed migrants’ settlement intentions in Chinese cities

Since the recent reforms in urban labour market and rural-urban migration policies in China, more and more attention has been paid to migrants’ settlement intentions and their integration into host cities. Migrants, especially rural-urban migrants, use different channels to settle in host cities. This study uses original data to examine migrants’ different patterns of settlement intentions, including the traditional permanent settlement intention, which involves the plan of obtaining permanent residence and transfer of hukou (household registration) status; the de facto permanent settlement intention through purchasing properties in host cities; and short-term settlement intention which does not involve obtaining permanent residence, urban homeownership or transfer of hukou. This study finds that rural migrants attempt to achieve permanent settlement through flexible channels, such as purchasing urban housing in their host cities. A further analysis will use the panel data of China Labour-force Dynamics Survey. The study provides new evidence on migrants’ settlement decision-making in China.

Sisi Yang received a PhD in Demography at Macquarie University in April 2018. In July 2018 She will join the Australia-China Population Ageing Research Hub in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Aging Research (CEPAR) at UNSW. Her research interests focus on issues relating on migration and globalisation, social stratification and mobility, formal and informal settlement of migrants, migrant workers and employment, health and migration communities and migrants’ social identity and integration.