Rural migrants in Shanghai: Living under the shadow of socialism

Wang Feng*, Xuejin Zou, Danching RUAN

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This article examines the fate of rural migrants in Shanghai, China's largest metropolis. Relying on data from a representative survey, it provides a profile of recent rural migrants and analyzes the pattern of occupational and income determination among them. The economic status between migrants and local residents is also compared. The authors show that despite a marked income improvement, rural migrants in Shanghai are still segregated from urban residents and argue that the social divide between urban and rural areas created under socialism has continued to function and may contribute to the formation of a dual society in urban China.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)520-545
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Migration Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Demography
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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