Migration, Integration and Institutional Passage: An Empirical Study of Urban China
The fact that China now has 261.39 million migrants, totaling 20 percent of the Chinese population in 2010, has become a cause for political concern, highlighting significant issues in the social relations between settled communities and new migrants. In my dissertation, I examine in depth how institutional arrangements, in particular, the Hukou (Household Registration) system, influence the integration of migrants. Under this unique Chinese system, migrants are defined by Hukou location. In other words, a ?migrant? is someone who has lived outside of his or her registered location for more than six months. My primary research questions concern the social, economic, political and psychological integration of migrants in cities, which I measure by comparing their status with non-migrant urban residents.