China's staggering internal migration - 250 million people in the next 12 years

When we think about immigration, we tend to forget that some of the largest movements of people in history are NOT international moves, but internal migrations. Of particular note are those internal migrations from rural to urban centers during periods of industrialization / urbanization.

One such movement is going on right now in China. The country plans to move an estimated 250,000,000 (250 million) people from rural to urban centers in the next twelve years. Just as a quick FYI, the 2013 population of the US was about 313,900,000 (313.9 million). Can you imagine if almost 80% of the population of the US was scheduled to be moved to cities in the next twelve years?

The video is definitely worth a watch: