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Revealing the New Type of Urban Displaced People through the Lens of the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Neglected Vulnerable Groups during Lockdown

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Ali Cheshmehzangi ,

Hiroshima University, Hiroshima, JP
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Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability (NERPS)

 

Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, Zhejiang, China

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Tong Zou

University of Nottingham Ningbo China, Zhejiang, China, CN
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Faculty of Science and Technology
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Abstract

In China, there are no homeless people or displaced people on the streets as the government has made great efforts to rehabilitate them in hospices since 2003. This process is part of implementing the National Standards and Measures for Rescuing Urban Vagrants, Beggars, and Displaced People. However, due to the siphoning effect of megacities, people from less developed and/or rural areas are attracted to look for jobs and new opportunities in urban areas. In this process, they become temporary residents as migrant workers or known as the floating population of cities. Living in the “village-in-cities” or “ViCs” and/or group-oriented leasing from sub-landlords have become their only choice due to low earnings and high rental costs. Such living conditions lead to further challenges and implications, such as lack of access to some primary services. During the COVID-19 pandemic and at the time of lockdowns imposed in some cities, temporary residents of larger cities faced difficulties in receiving the support that was needed for all urban residents. Their temporary urban resident status means they have limitations compared to the regular urban residents. This study explores a case study and reflects on the challenges faced by the new type of urban displaced people through the lens of the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings highlight the vulnerability of such populations with multiple impacts on their jobs, social life, access, receiving services, and mobility.
How to Cite: Cheshmehzangi, A. and Zou, T., 2022. Revealing the New Type of Urban Displaced People through the Lens of the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Neglected Vulnerable Groups during Lockdown. Bhumi, The Planning Research Journal, 9(1), pp.1–9. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/bhumi.v9i1.83
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Published on 20 Dec 2022.
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