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Delta firms in China urge Hukou reform amid labour shortage

Severe labour shortages in China’s Pearl River Delta have prompted some manufacturers to urge Chinese authorities to reform the Hukou system of household registration to grant residency status to migrant workers – and even to import foreign workers.

The Dongguan City Association of Overseas Enterprises, an organisation of manufacturers from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea, made the proposals to Dongguan party chief Liu Zhigeng and mayor Li Yuquan during a meeting two weeks ago.

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