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.


Rural labour force transition and patterns of urbanization in China

Urbanization is characterized by the movement of people from rural areas to urban areas (Kupper and Kupper, 1985, p. 874). The term urbanization refers to such a redistribution of population as a demographic phenomenon, and the changing morphological structure of urban agglomerations and their development as social phenomena. The migration of populations links the rural areas with urban areas and is affected by “push” forces from rural areas and “pull” forces from urban areas. Different degrees of these forces determine the different pace, patterns and processes of migration and urbanization and the transition of populations.


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error