Longitudinal Survey on Rural Urban Migration in China (RUMiC)
Collects data on three populations: rural households both with and without migrants; urban resident households; rural-to-urban migrants. The research topics comprise the welfare status of migrants: their jobs, incomes, physical and mental health, their children's education and health, and the extent to which they assimilate into their city communities. Data is being collected at individual and household level. Note: The sampling frame is defined on the basis of workplaces rather than residence. This is mainly because a sizable proportion of migrant workers in China live in workplace dormitories, construction sites and other workplaces. Thus, the residential based sampling will be biased due to the omission of this group of migrants. Wave 1 sample size : 5,007 households. Wave 2 tracked 1821 households [attrition rate: 63.6%]. New sample: 3422 households.
Unit of analysis
Primarily based on whether a province is one of the major sending or receiving regions. The Rural household survey was conducted in 9 provinces: Anhui, Chongqing, Guangdong, Hebei, Henan, Hubei, Jiangsu, Sichuan and Zhejiang. The urban migrant survey was conducted in the following 15 cities, which are provincial capital cities or other major migrant receiving cities: Bengbu, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dongguan, Guangzhou, Hefei, Hangzhou, Luoyang, Nanjing, Ningbo, Shanghai, Shenzen, Wuhan, Wuxi, Zhengzhou.