Shenzhen Sees Slight Decrease in its Non-Hukou Population
The city recently saw a drop in the number of Shenzheners without hukou a first in the city’s history. And by the end of 2011 Shenzhen’s non-hukou population was 7.78 million a .93 percent decrease since 2010.
The city overall population increased slightly, but there were 10.5 million people living in the city by the end of 2011 which is only a .9 percent increase from 2010. Deputy Chief of China Development Institute Guo Wanda said that the city decreasing appeal and robust development in several inland cities brought changes in the city’s demographic structure. Several inland cities were actively constructing various development and new economic zones that draw businesses and workers away from Shenzhen.
Unlike several inland cities, Shenzhen makes it more difficult for migrant workers to get a sense of home. Other migrant workers have also decided to return home because of economic improvements in their hometowns. The city’s effort to grant hukou to more people who are living in Shenzhen also contributed to the demographic change.
The city’s overall population growth last year was the slowest with only 0.9 percent increase. If this continue this will enable Shenzhen to achieve its goal of reaching a population of 11 million by 2015.