Contemporary Migration in China: Reciprocity, Circularity, Return, and the Migrant Household

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: China Specialty Group, Asian Geography Specialty Group, Population Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Regent, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
Organizers: Cindy Fan
Chairs: Adrian Bailey


In a matter of less than four decades, China has been transformed from an immobile country into one with more than one-fifth of the population constantly on the move. These population movements are multifaceted, marked by rural-urban, urban-urban, and interprovincial flows, as well as reciprocal, circular and return migrations. The forms of these movements have shifted considerably over time, as in the case of rural-urban migration where women and children are increasingly participating as migrants. The five papers in this session examine the dramatic changes of migration in China in recent decades, drawing from census data, longitudinal surveys and in-depth interviews, and highlighting spatial interconnections, circularity, gender and household perspectives. As a whole the papers identify trajectories of population movements in China into the next decades, underscore the complexity and fluidity of such movements, and shed light on migration theories to address these changes.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Nina Zhang*, University of Bristol, Analysing neighbourhood effects of interprovincial urban migration flows: evidence from China 20 5:20 PM
Presenter Jianfa Shen*, CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, Qiang Ren, Peking University, Yu Zhu, Fujian Normal University, Wenfei Wang, University of Bristol, Xiaoman Liu, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Floating between cities and countryside: determinants of multiple return migrations in China 20 5:40 PM
Presenter Cindy Fan*, UCLA, Chen Chen, Shanghai University, Rural-Urban Circularity in China: Analysis of Longitudinal Surveys in Anhui 20 6:00 PM
Presenter Chen Chen*, Asian Demographic Research Institute, Shanghai University, Cindy Fan, UCLA, Rural-Urban Circularity of Migrants' Children in China: Analysis of Longitudinal Surveys in Sichuan and Anhui 20 6:20 PM
Presenter Tianjiao Li*, , The spatial disparity of family migration in eight cities, China 20 6:40 PM

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