China: Internal Migrants: Discrimination and abuse. The human cost of an economic ‘miracle’

Index Number: ASA 17/008/2007

This report examines discrimination against internal migrants in China and violations of their rights in the areas of health care, education and employment. It finds that China’s hukou system provides the legal basis for such discrimination by conditioning the enjoyment of a wide range of rights and benefits on citizens’ hukou designation, a status inherited from one’s parents at birth. Amnesty International calls on the Chinese government to take immediate effective action to eliminate all forms of discrimination against internal migrants which are prohibited under international law.

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