Migrants' settlements have been and will continue to be the most important issue in China's urbanization in the coming decades. Using data from a household survey of temporary migrants in villages-in-thecity in Guangzhou city in China, this article explores the relationships among satisfaction, attachment, and the stay-leave intention. The authors begin by questioning the tradition that the concept of rationality is an adequate tool for psychological explanation, despite its widely acknowledged importance. They then model stay-leave intention by incorporating both cognitive and affective evaluations. The ordinal regression results demonstrate that temporary migrants' stay-leave intention is more of an affective choice than a cognitive choice. Intraprovincial migrants are found more likely to intend to stay in Guangzhou than interprovincial migrants. Finally, the authors conclude by discussing the negative impacts of discrimination and territorial identity in fostering temporary migrants' identification and attachment to the host city.
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|Published - 2012