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S. China City Reforms Household Registration System
Shenzhen, a special economic zone in south China's Guangdong province, is touching on the forbidden zone in the reform of its household registration system by allowing persons with no registered permanent residence to register with their relatives who live in the city.

The step, which will take effect April 1, is unique in household registration in the country, said sources with the city's Public Security Bureau.

It is an effective way to solve the problem that has puzzled the migrant workers and talented persons coming to the city who have no way to register for permanent residence.

In addition, the city will relax restrictions for the non-state enterprises to apply for collective household registration, ruling that such enterprises with staff numbering over 20 may apply for collective household registration.

To encourage the introduction of talented workers, the city will allow non-native graduates from colleges and universities who have not been employed yet to apply for household registration of their own will in any part of the city, without fear of moving their household registration back to their native place according to common practice.

Meanwhile, the Public Security Bureau has worked out a series of measures to simplify the household registration procedures, creating easy access for residents to move in and out of the city.

(Xinhua News Agency April 1, 2003)

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