Authorities in Guangdong have moved to alter the province’s temporary residential permit system, which it is claimed discriminates against migrant workers, the South China Morning Post reported. According to draft management regulations for migrants submitted to the standing committee of the Guangdong People’s Congress, references to the “temporary residential license” will be replaced by a “residential license.” With this would come new rights for migrants, giving them access to social insurance, non-profit vocational training and legal aid. Guangdong has 30 million migrant workers, one-third of the nation’s total. Provincial authorities admit that the existing migrant-management regulations have failed to solve the problems caused by the influx of people. This results in social unrest and increased criminal activity. A provincial public security study found that, in the past two years, more than 70% of suspects detained by the police were migrants.
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