24 Provinces Unveil Household Registration Reform Plans
24 provinces have unveiled set plans on household registration reform and some have lowered the threshold for obtaining residency permits, according to the release during the press conference of the Information Office of the State Council.
Most of the plans introduce targets for transferring surplus rural population and granting residency permits to migrants with a time frame of five years.
At the same time, the reform plans also propose the establishment of a uniform urban and rural household registration system and a residency permit system.
Yi Peng, director of the Center for Chinese Urbanization under the International Finance Forum, says that the reform should be incremental. He also says that the points-based residency permit system in mega cities is consistent with China's national condition, but attention should be given to equality and fairness among different groups. The system should first give priority to balance diversity, both introducing high-level talents and providing opportunities to the general workers.
The national opinion on household registration reform encourages the relaxation of restrictions to enable migrants to settle down in small and medium sized cities, reasonable adjustment of requirements for settling down in large cities and strict control of the population of mega cities. CRIENGLISH.com