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

Wang, Y.P., Wang, Y. and Wu, J. (2010) Housing migrant workers in rapidly urbanizing regions: A study of the Chinese model in Shenzhen. Housing Studies, 25(1), pp. 83-100. (doi:10.1080/02673030903362019)

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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.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wang, Professor Ya Ping
Authors: Wang, Y.P., Wang, Y., and Wu, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Housing Studies
ISSN:0267-3037
ISSN (Online):1466-1810
Published Online:15 December 2009

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