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Migrant laborers in China by region of origin 2016-2019

This statistic shows the share of the total migrant workers in China from 2016 to 2019, by region of origin. In 2019, approximately 35.8 percent of migrant workers came from East China.

Share of migrant workers in China from 2016 to 2019, by region of origin

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Source

Release date

April 2020

Region

China

Survey time period

2016 to 2019

Supplementary notes

The data have been collected through a survey which covered around 226,000 rural workers from 31 provinces, 1,587 districts and 8,490 villages. Migrant laborers are defined as workers that are still registered as rural permanent residents, but have left their place of origin for more than six months in order to find work in another place. They either stay in the same province or move to another province in search of work.

East China includes Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, Shandong, Guangdong, and Hainan. Central China includes Shanxi, Anhui, Jiangxi, Henan, Hubei, and Hunan. West China includes Inner Mongolia, Guangxi, Chongqing, Guizhou, Yunnan, Tibet, Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai, Ningxia, and Xinjiang. Northeast China includes, Liaoning, Jilin, and Heilongjiang.

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