Science Journal of Economics
Volume 2013 (2013), May 2013

Author(s) 2013. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research Article


Urbanization and Impact of Rural-Urban Migration on Chinese Cities

Author: Chang Yang

College of Humanities and Social Science, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, 710049, Shaanxi,China

Accepted 26 April, 2013; Available Online 16 May 2013

DOI: 10.7237/sje/132


This paper analyzes and interprets statistical data documenting changes in China’s urbanization process in term of three elements: population, economy and society. The results show that the comprehensive level of urbanization in China reflects the interplay between the continuously increasing internal migration pattern, from rural to urban, and the accelerated economic and social urbanization. The ensuing challenges flowing from the mismatch between residential policy and practices, imbalance between social and economic development, and population pressures, are discussed in terms of their longitudinal impact.

Keyword:Urbanization; Migration; Population; Economy; society