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6,019 migrant workers to receive Beijing hukou

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Some 6,019 non-natives of Beijing who had the most points among over 124,000 applicants could receive the city’s hukou, or household registration system, starting from October 23, the municipal authorities have announced.

These people, aged between 31 and 58, are from sectors including technology, manufacturing, finance, media, education, and public health.

With Beijing hukou, they can access local social welfare such as qualification for low-income housing, buying cars, schooling, and pensions, which is often beyond reach for most migrant workers and even some professionals because of rigid controls and tedious paperwork requirements.

Taking into consideration the city’s population capacity, Beijing introduced a new points system for getting its hukou in 2017.

In the pilot period, its quota for new hukou holders is set at 6,000 each year based on the city’s development planning, according to the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Human Resources and Social Security.

Applicants must be under the legal retirement age, hold Beijing temporary residence permits, have paid social insurance in the city for seven consecutive years, and are without criminal records.

Those with decent jobs, urban housing properties, strong educational background, achievements in innovation, and start-ups in Beijing are likely to obtain high scores in the point-based competition for the city’s hukou.

For Wang Yong, chairman of Brand Union (Beijing) Consulting Co., last Tuesday was a memorable day as his name was on the list.

“This is a positive trial as it opens a new door for non-natives working in the city,” said the doctorate degree holder who has been working in Beijing for 22 years.

“The point-based household registration system is a win-win,” said a woman surnamed Hu who was also on the list.

“The city can hardly develop without the contribution of non-natives and meanwhile, non-natives working in the city also need social welfare provided by the city government in all aspects,” said Hu, who has been working in a think-tank in Beijing for 19 years.

By the end of 2017, the number of people holding Beijing hukou reached 13.59 million, while the city’s permanent population totaled 21.7 million in the same period.

The local government plans to cap the population at 23 million by 2020 and also in the long term, as it seeks to address “big city diseases” such as traffic congestion and pollution.

Point-based hukou registration has proved to be effective in satisfying the demand for personnel flow while limiting rapid growth of urban population, according to a spokesman.

However, many Web users complained that it is very hard to obtain a Beijing hukou, because most quotas are allocated to employees of big state-backed companies like Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Central Television, and Shougang Group.

“Without a Beijing hukou, my son cannot be enrolled in a good school. A Beijing hukou would permanently solve many education problems for him,” an anonymous migrant worker said in an interview.

The point-based hukou registration has also been piloted in a number of big Chinese cities such as Shanghai and Tianjin, which are hot destinations for job-seekers.

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