What a project: reforming the "Hukou" system
by Verena Nowotny
If China's leadership actually succeeds to tackle this issue, they deserve praise. The so-called "Hukou" system causes a lot of discontent and unrest as social security depends on this household registration system - excluding millions of Chinese from receiving social security benefits, such as migrant workers. On the other hand, any reform entails high costs for the cities that would need to cover the costs for social security benefits. It is a highly enthralling issue - read more about it in this New York Times article by Chris Buckley.