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43 migrants get chance at full residency

A government department has named 43 workers as "city-level excellent," entitling them to apply for Shanghai permanent residence permits, or hukou, and settle down in the city.

One week after the announcement, if there are no objections, the migrant workers will be able to apply for the full residency for themselves and their children.

They'll be the second batch of migrant workers made eligible for the same privileges of education, employment, health care and social services as permanent residents.

Last year, 40 migrant workers in the city honored as National Excellent Migrant Workers by the State Council got their permanent residency.

The Shanghai Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau named the 43 workers on Wednesday in a note on its Website.

The bureau's note said another 143 migrant workers will be awarded temporary residence permits if no objections are raised.

They, too, would have a chance eventually to become Shanghainese.

Holders of temporary residency can join Shanghai's social security program. They can become permanent residents after living in the city for seven years if they meet certain professional technical qualifications.

With a floating population of about 6 million, Shanghai started a three-year trial plan last June to make it easier for people from outside the city to gain permanent-resident status - the country's first large city to ease its rigid hukou system in a bid to attract skilled professionals.

But the city is also in need of blue-collar migrant workers, especially those with certificates of technicians in manufacturing, according to Oriental Morning Post.


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