Regis­tra­tion sys­tem un­der­goes changes

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

Chi­nese mi­grant work­ers liv­ing in cities will grad­u­ally have full ac­cess to schools and hos­pi­tals where they work, the cen­tral govern­ment an­nounced, a sig­nif­i­cant move to im­prove so­cial equal­ity be­tween ru­ral and ur­ban res­i­dents.

Un­der guide­lines to cre­ate a uni­fied house­hold regis­tra­tion sys­tem, known as hukou, the dual-house­hold sys­tem that has di­vided peo­ple into ur­ban or agri­cul­tural house­holds since the 1950s will be phased out, the State Coun­cil, China’s cabi­net, an­nounced.

In its place, a sys­tem of res­i­dence per­mits will be set up to al­low qual­i­fied mi­grants ac­cess to ur­ban ser­vices.

The guide­lines said ba­sic pub­lic ser­vices — in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion, health­care, so­cial in­sur­ance, em­ploy­ment, aged care and hous­ing — will be ex­panded to mi­grants’ chil­dren.

More than 200 mil­lion ru­ral mi­grants are now work­ing in cities and the num­bers are in­creas­ing, said Huang Ming, vice-min­is­ter of pub­lic se­cu­rity.

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