PhD Dissertation: Accessibility and socio-spatial inequalities between locals and migrants in Xiamen city, China

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Our study confirms that the spatial reorganization caused by housing and economic reforms further marginalized weaker socioeconomic groups in China. This is primarily reflected in their choice of housing location and tenure types. The majority of the local population are homeowners, while the majority of the migrant population are renters. For the local population, low-income groups are in a disadvantaged position when competing for educational resources and the surrounding environment. For the migrant population, they tend to gather around blue-collar jobs to reduce their housing expenses. On the one hand, disparities in housing choices among distinct socioeconomic groups lead to different degrees of accessibility to public services and disadvantaged groups experience a greater level of inequity. On the other hand, differences in the spatial distribution of employment and residence among distinct socioeconomic groups result in varying degrees of job accessibility and spatial mismatch. In general, it shows that the level of spatial mismatch is more substantial for blue-collar and pink-collar locals than for respectively blue-collar and pink-collar migrants. However, it is found that despite the large spatial mismatch, the commuting time of local workers is shorter than that of migrant workers due to the differences in travel modes.

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PhD candidate
Dr Yongling Yi
Dissertation
Accessibility and socio-spatial inequalities between locals and migrants in Xiamen city, China
PhD supervisor(s)
Professor S.C.M. Geertman
Professor P. Hooimeijer
Co-supervisor(s)
Dr Y. Lin
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