Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2015, Vol. 70 ›› Issue (8): 1243-1255.doi: 10.11821/dlxb201508005

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Social integration of migrants in Shanghai's urban villages

Mingfeng WANG(), Hong CHENG, Yuemin NING   

  1. Center for Modern Chinese City Studies, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China
  • Received:2014-06-30 Revised:2015-02-18 Online:2015-08-20 Published:2015-08-20
  • Supported by:
    Key Project of Philosophy and Social Sciences Research, Ministry of Education, No.11JZD028;National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41329001;Key Project of Key Research Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at Universities, Ministry of Education, No.11JJD840015


Through questionnaire investigation and factor analysis, this paper attempts to explore the status of social integration of migrants in Shanghai's urban villages. The results show that social integration of migrants can be mapped on four dimensions: social relation integration, economic integration, psychological integration, and cultural integration. According to the factor scores, the overall level of social integration of migrants is not so high, and economic integration is the lowest one. Furthermore, the results of multiple linear regression analysis show that, on the whole, the inflow factors of migrants exert more influence on social integration in urban villages than the individual factors. The individual factors play the most important roles in determining the status of psychological integration, while the inflow factors are more helpful to explain the variation in both economic integration and social relation integration. The study also shows that the social integration of migrants is closely related to their living space. Finally, some policies are suggested.

Key words: rural migrants, social integration, urban villages, influencing factors