Gentrification With Chinese Characteristics: Understanding Beijing’s Migrant Evictions

A couple of migrant workers prepare to leave their apartment ahead of an eviction deadline in the outskirts of Beijing, China, Nov. 27, 2017 (AP photo by Ng Han Guan).
A couple of migrant workers prepare to leave their apartment ahead of an eviction deadline in the outskirts of Beijing, China, Nov. 27, 2017 (AP photo by Ng Han Guan).
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In late November, after a building fire killed 19 migrant workers in a shantytown on the southern outskirts of Beijing, the city government began forcibly evicting thousands of migrants before razing entire neighborhoods to the ground. The evictions have sparked an outcry from within China and raised questions about the country’s urbanization policies. In an email interview, Mark Frazier, a professor of politics and academic director of the India China Institute at The New School in New York, explains what is driving the evictions and how they fit into China’s broader urbanization policies. WPR: Why is the Beijing city government […]

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