Debates on Temporary Residence Permit System and Necessity for Adopting It
Wan Chuan Wang Dezhu, Li Bo
There are three waves of debate on the necessity of temporary residence permit system in recent years. Some advocate to abolish it because of its conflicting with the Law of Administrative License and the citizen right of free migration. They argue that this restriction leads to the rural-urban divide, forms stratum discrimination, and prevents temporary population from being treated as citizenship with equal rights. This paper points out that those points of view obscure the difference between temporary residence permit system and household registration system, and the difference between free migration and free residence registration, giving the wrong explanation of the rural-urban divide, because they fail to give proper evaluation on the current situation of urban and rural residents.