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Report Projects 200 û 300 Million Migrants in Coming Decades

A China Urban Development Report released by a mayors’ association predicts that the size of the nation’s mobile population will be 200-300 million in the coming two or three decades. “The complex dynamics of its (migrants) geographic distribution, composition, and quality is posing a severe challenge for national strategic planning, the government’s social management, and public services.” 

A Tsinghua University professor, Mao Qizhi relates the phenomenon to the country’s accelerating urban development. “Many conflicts and confusions need attention, such as high housing prices, traffic congestion, environmental degradation, and imperfect urban infrastructure.” 
The report also indicates that many local governments rely on land transfers as a major source of fiscal income.

Source: Xinhua, May 30 2011