China to urbanize migrant workers

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang says China will integrate migrant workers into cities in an orderly way over the next five years.

In a letter to a ceremony held to honor migrant workers, the premier says the government will improve the urban residence permit system to help the integration, ensure stable employment and safeguard the rights and interests of migrant workers.

Li also says migrant workers are a major force for China’s modernization and have made great contributions to economic and social development.

Given decades of economic advance, China’s urban areas have been expanding rapidly with an enormous population of migrant workers swarming into cities.

But most of them have no urban household registration which can grant them equal public services to other residents.

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