Government and Policy

No change in Beijing's hukou system

By Quan Li (
Updated: 2011-03-15 13:22
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Beijing will stick to its household registration, or hukou system, due to the current state of the booming population, the Beijing News reported on Tuesday.

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The permanent population in Beijing has increased by 500,000 every year during the recent times, Zhao Lei, vice director of Beijing municipal commission of development and reform told the paper. As an economic center, the capital has provided more job opportunities and higher wages, which is a main attraction for the population influx, he said.

However, frictions between the massive population and the environmental resources have become increasingly significant during these years, including traffic congestions, lack of medical service and education resources. Therefore, Beijing will improve its management of the population and keep the household registration system, the paper quoted Zhao as saying.

Zhao also told the paper that migrants in Beijing have long played a positive role in the capital's development.