Xinjiang to end migrant card system
The Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region will abolish on Sunday a registration card system introduced two years ago to better manage the migrant population.
The migrant registration card system, introduced on May 1, 2014, was intended to prevent criminal suspects from leaving their hometowns to carry out violent attacks elsewhere. However, many people complained that the system created an inconvenience when they traveled, the regional government said onWednesday during a news conference held in Urumqi, the regional capital.
“We’ve noticed that many suspects involved in violent incidents in Xinjiang in 2013 were migrants,” said Zhang Xiucheng, deputy director of the regional politics and law committee.
People who wanted to work or stay in other places in the region were required to apply for the card at theirhometowns and renewthe card annually.
“During the past two years, the registration card system has ensured that criminal suspects had nowhere to hide, and it helped to maintain social stability. But it did indeed cause some problems and inconvenience for people,” Wang Mingshan, another deputy director of the politics and law committee, said at the news conference.
In some places, it took too long to issue the card, which caused delays when people wanted to travel. And sometimes people had to pay for the cards, which were supposed to be free, Wang said.
Omar Ali, 21, who is from southern Xinjiang’s Kashgar prefecture and has worked in a Uygur flatbread shop inUrumqi for two years, said: “I had to go home to renew my registration card, even though I wanted to stay inUrumqi and work. It might be a small thing, but it bothers you all the time wherever you go. I am so happy to see the system go.”
WangsaidXinjiang will incorporate the information on the migrant population into the national ID card system in the future, adding that abolishing the registration card will help enhance ethnic unity.
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