Variations in village migration profiles in rural China: An analysis based on the Second National Agricultural Census data

Authors Wu, B.; Robinson, B.; Long, W.
Year of Publication 2015
Type of Publication Journal Article
Journal Asian and Pacific Migration Journal
Volume 24(2)
Pagination 160 - 1486
Open Access Yes


Relatively little attention is paid to variations in rural migration at the village level, even though labor-supplying villages present considerable diversity in economic and development profiles. This paper examines the relationships between labor and household migration at the village level and the factors associated with different migration patterns through an analysis of data from China’s Second National Agricultural Census. The study identified four types of village migration profiles based on labor and household migration data from 4,482 villages in 10 counties across five provinces. The key characteristics of four types of village migration profiles are highlighted and implications for researchers and policy-makers are discussed.