Self-Organisation Processes Taking Place in a Migrant Enclave in Guangzhou

  • Joseph Cho-yam Lau


Guangzhou, the capital city of Guangdong province in China, was chosen for this empirical study because it is one of the main cities in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) economic and manufacturing zone. The PRD is known for its pioneering role in China’s open-door policy and is one of the largest suppliers of manufactured goods in the world. Some of the leading products include footwear, lighting fixtures, furniture and toys (HKTDC 2016). Guangzhou has witnessed rapid urbanisation and faced a large influx of migrants from rural provinces seeking manufacturing processing jobs. In 2017, the physical size of Guangzhou was 7434 km2, with a permanent population of 14.50 million; the rural migrant population accounted for approximately 38% of the total permanent population, and most of them lived in the urban villages (Guangzhou Statistics Bureau 2018).


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  • Joseph Cho-yam Lau
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  1. 1.University of Hong KongHong KongChina

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