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  • Without formal residency rights called "hukou" that provide access to public services, migrants have more incentive to hoard for their rainy days, and hence less to consume.

    The Poor Man's Consumption Fix for China

  • The highlight of that offer: promise of a Beijing resident permit, called a "hukou" in Chinese.

    Amid China boom, job search for many grads goes bust

  • For decades, China's government has restricted migration through the household-registration system, called hukou or huji.

    On the Move

  • Obtaining an urban residence permit, called a hukou, is possible only for those with deep pockets or top-notch connections, so struggling migrants live in a gray zone of pay-as-you-go medical care, dingy rented rooms and unregistered schools where the education is middling at best.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Just about everybody agrees that the creaky Chinese household registration system known as hukou needs to go.

    Thomas P.M. Barnett :: Weblog

  • Under a system known as hukou, many rural workers can't access state-subsidized social services like education and health care unless they're officially registered in their new address after moving from the countryside. Top headlines

  • Under China's strict household registration system, known as hukou, citizens are designated as either urban or rural.

    China prepares for first census in 10 years - World News

  • This creates a vast number of unregistered children, who have no legal registration or what is known as a hukou and cannot receive state benefits.

    Chinalyst - China blogs in English

  • China's household registration system and residency permits, known as "hukou," ties people to their original place of residence, essentially rendering migrant workers from the countryside illegal immigrants when they move to cities.

    Worldchanging: Bright Green

  • The system of registered permanent residence, known in China as the "hukou", is blamed for turning holders into virtual second-class citizens in areas where they have relocated in search of work and perpetuating the wealth divide. : Breaking News


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  • "This month, it offered 1,824 jobs — each with requisites such as height, age, the location of a person’s “hukou,” or residency permit, and gender." - New York Times Sinosphere

    September 28, 2014