Domestic Migrant Remittances in China

Distribution, Channels and Livelihoods

Remittances are an integral feature of the internal migration process in China. In order to understand the contributions remittances can make to development and the ways in which potential benefits may be enhanced, there are several questions that need to be answered. For instance, how are such funds distributed within and across regions? What channels are used to send money to the rural areas? Who are the people in the rural community receiving the money? Why do some migrants fail to remit? How are remittances spent? And, what are the policy implications of how the money is distributed, remitted and used? This report draws on a rich body of English and Chinese literature to find answers to these questions.