China’s plan to catch up with its left-behind childrenPosted: March 28, 2016
More than 200 million of China’s rural people have moved to work as migrant workers in urban areas. According to the estimate in SCMP’s report “China’s plan to catch up with its left-behind children”, they have brought 36 million of their children to urban areas but left behind 60 million back at home in rural areas.
SCMP says, “Left-behind children, who are often taken care of by their grandparents, or in some cases simply abandoned, have roused growing public attention as they are frequently involved in suicides, accidents and incidents of juvenile delinquency.
As a result, Chinese “authorities are for the first time counting the number of rural children left behind by parents who moved to work in cities” and “27 ministries would soon begin participating in a joint conference on how best to care for left-behind children.”
Source: SCMP “China’s plan to catch up with its left-behind children”, full text of which can be viewed at http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1931206/chinas-plan-catch-its-left-behind-childrenchinas-plan