Job Choice, Location and Mobility among Rural Migrants Living in Public Rental Housing in Chongqing, China

Authors: Weijie Hu*, The University of Sydney, Yiting Wang, Chongqing Normal University
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, China, Urban Geography
Keywords: urbanization, public rental housing, China, mobility, employment experience, job choice
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Madison A, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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The paper aims to link public rental housing and rural migrants’ employment by examining experience of job choice, location and mobility from migrants’ perspectives. The city of Chongqing in southwestern China has adopted a systematic set of urban and social development policies, representing an alternative approach to urbanisation. Public rental housing, as one of the key urbanisation programs in Chongqing, has attracted extensive attention due to its emphasis on government’s role and wide coverage. However, most rural migrants are trapped on the urban fringe and their quality of life is ignored. Few studies have examined the effects of public rental housing from the perspectives of rural migrants. Yet, up until now, no existing studies have made a link between the effect of public rental housing and migrants’ daily experience of employment. Based on 120 interviews with rural migrants living in three selected public rental housing sites in Chongqing, this paper aims to fill this gap by focusing on the experience of job choice, location and mobility of rural migrants in public rental housing. It shows that rural migrants generally adapt well to urban resettlements, but their employment experience is played and reshaped by the power of the state, market and society. The findings are hoped to contribute to an emerging literature on the effects of public rental housing in China and offer a new foundation for insightful critiques of the integrative impacts of public rental housing on local and global sustainability.

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