Beijing Plans New Ways to Boost Economy: Move Youth to Countryside, Ease Hukou Restrictions

BY NICOLE HAO

April 14, 2019 Updated: April 14, 2019

The Chinese regime recently rolled out two new plans that look contradictory on the surface but actually serve similar purposes.

Beijing has operated a strict household registration system, known as “hukou” in Chinese, since 1949, that has restricted citizens’ movements based on where they are born. There are two primary groups: urban residents with a non-agricultural hukou and rural residents with an agricultural hukou. Each person can only have one hukou. The former usually entitles a citizen to access to better healthcare and education opportunities.

With this system, urban residents cannot work on a farm, while a rural one cannot work in the city.… READ MORE...

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