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Floating Population

While China’s strict household registration, or hukou, system limits the mobility of rural peasants to cities, it has not curbed recent massive internal migration to urban centers in search of economic opportunity. These migrants, known as China’s ‘floating population,’ face constant discrimination, economic hardship, and a lack of access to basic public services. Here plain-clothes construction laborers from the countryside are seen in front of Guangzhou’s glittering skyline.


Photo Credit: Aaron Reiss

Date: September 25, 2010

Location: Guangzhou, China


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