Plan would give mi­grants ac­cess to more ser­vices

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

China un­veiled a plan to re­form the coun­try’s res­i­dence per­mit sys­tem that would grant mi­grants equal ac­cess to more pub­lic ser­vices.

Res­i­dence per­mit hold­ers would be able to get ben­e­fits such as med­i­cal ser­vices and ed­u­ca­tion for their chil­dren like ur­ban dwellers, ac­cord­ing to the plan re­leased by the Leg­isla­tive Af­fairs Of­fice of the State Coun­cil.

Pub­lic opin­ion on the re­forms is be­ing so­licited be­fore the for­mal plan is re­leased.

Mi­grant work­ers who stay in a city for half a year with a sta­ble job and res­i­dence may ap­ply for the res­i­dence per­mits.

China plans to phase out its hukou, or house­hold reg­is­tra­tion sys­tem, and help about 100 mil­lion peo­ple set­tle in towns and ci­ties by 2020.

Now cit­i­zens with­out ur­ban hukou do not have equal ac­cess to pub­lic ser­vices in ci­ties. (Photo 1)

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