Asia-Pacific Population Journal

For over two decades, the Asia-Pacific Population Journal (APPJ) has been taking the pulse of population and social issues unfolding in the region. Published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), APPJ brings out high quality, evidence-based and forward-looking articles relevant for population policies and programmes in Asia and the Pacific. Prominent population experts, award-winning demographers, as well as lesser known researchers have been contributing articles, documenting over the years the evolution of thinking in this important sphere.


Magic and myth of migration: A case study of a special economic zone in China

Rapid economic and demographic growth propelled the tiny coastal town of Shenzhen (close to Hong Kong) into one of the most dynamic and modern-looking cities in China. Because population movement in China has long been heavily regulated, one may be puzzled by the question of how migration could play any major role in fostering Shenzhen’s boom.


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