The Shanghai government plans to keep the population of local residents within 25 million over the next five years in order to maintain quality of life and living standards.
By the end of 2014, the city had over 24 million residents. Without population control, Shanghai Daily reports that this population could surge to 26.5 million by the end of 2020.
The central government initially announced to strictly control the size of population of China’s large cities during the Third Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee in late 2013.
Shanghai Statistics Bureau Director Wang Jianping has proposed standardizing employment, eradicating illegal residences and imposing restrictions on group renting to migrants as measures to control the migrant population.
Since the year 2000, Shanghai’s population has grown by over 8 million. This rate of growth has by far outstripped earlier estimates which put the city’s population at only 21.4 million in 2015 and 22.5 million in 2020.