The letter also called for the abolition of the residential registry system introduced 20 years ago to prevent excessive migration to cities. In reality, Chinese cities have become megalopolises of millions of people, many of who are considered “illegal”.
Fan Honglie, one of the authors of the letter, said migrants, as Chinese citizens, did not need a temporary residence permit to move and live elsewhere in the country. He maintained that the permit is a typical administrative measure used to control migrants and to prevent them from staying permanently in a city.
According to official data, more than 100 million migrants have moved from the countryside to large cities. Many do not take up residence there to keep their right to their land and homes in the countryside, where they often leave their family. Now big cities, after becoming wealthy thanks to the low-paid work of the migrants, want to send them away for “security” reasons.
Seven months ago, for public security purposes,
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Su Baoling, a city official, said: “
Official statistics reveal that of the 100,000 crimes reported every year during the past five years, 85% ended in the arrest of a migrant worker. But experts say migrants are often targeted by police and that it is the low-paid toil of migrants that fuels