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China to urbanize migrant workers and improve residence permit system

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China will integrate migrant workers into cities in an orderly way over the next five years, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said.

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The government will improve the urban residence permit system to help the integration, ensure stable employment and safeguard the rights and interests of migrant workers, Li said in a letter to a ceremony held to honor migrant workers.

Li said migrant workers are a major force for China's modernization and have made great contributions to economic and social development.

Given decades of economic advance, China's urban areas have been expanding rapidly with an enormous population of migrant workers swarming into cities, most of whom, although working and living there, have no urban household registration which can grant them equal public services to other residents.

By 2014, the number of migrant workers amounted to 273.95 million, accounting for 20 percent of the country's population.

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