Li, Bingqin and Peng, Huamin (2010) State funded re-employment training, long term unemployment and informal employment in Tianjin, China. In: Wu, Fulong and Webster , Chris, (eds.) Marginalization in urban China: comparative perspectives. International political economy series . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9780230237728
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In Chinese cities, about 1.45 million migrant workers stay away from their home villages for longer than six months. The total will reach 230 million if those who work less than six months outside their home villages are also included (National Bureau of Statistics PRC 2010). The scale of migration has put big pressure on urban housing. Apart from a few local exceptions, little state effort has been dedicated to improve migrant housing for a long time. Existing studies of migrant housing in Chinese cities have focused on the necessity for the state to remove discriminatory policies and offer equal access to urban housing benefits. However, few studies have examined carefully who are the most vulnerable and what are the causes of some of the problems. The authors of this paper argue that without proper understanding of the interaction between the state and the private providers, equal access to urban housing benefits may not lead to improved housing conditions for migrant workers. We will use three surveys in three cities, Tianjin, Taiyuan and Lanzhou in China to support our argument.
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