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Migrant Workers

Easing of college exam barriers fails to satisfy migrant parents

Migrant parents expressed disappointment yesterday after three of the largest magnets of migrant labour - Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong - announced only a modest relaxation of residency restrictions for college entrance exams.

Monday, 31 December, 2012, 5:37am 1 comment

China Digest, December 31, 2012

Lanzhou has begun operations of its first rapid transit line, a type of service that uses dedicated lanes and other features to improve the efficiency and reliability of buses, the Lanzhou Morning Post reports.

31 Dec 2012 - 6:11am

Residency drags urban drive

Urbanisation is a key driver for the mainland's economic growth, as people from the rural areas, especially farmers, move to the cities to find better jobs with higher pay. At a Politburo meeting in December, China's incoming leaders unveiled a plan to promote urbanisation.

31 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

Migration a thing of the past for families living where jobs now grow

Xu Guanghui is determined to prove that you can go home again.

In May, the 49-year-old migrant worker quit his job in southern China and went "home" to Luzhou in Sichuan province. The move ended a 20-year stint in Guangdong province, the past 15 as a security guard at a curtain-wall manufacturer in Dongguan , a factory town.

29 Dec 2012 - 5:15am

Flower pots force homeless migrant workers to move on

In Zhengzhou the open spaces beneath many express bridges used as shelter by migrant workers have been filled with hundreds of flower pots, in a bid to force them to use shelters.

24 Dec 2012 - 5:41pm 2 comments

Wealth gap to be cut, Han Changfu tells Central Rural Work Conference

Beijing will look to boost farmers' income, protect their land rights and seek more equitable treatment for migrant workers in cities, reports from the annual rural work conference said yesterday.

23 Dec 2012 - 5:26am

Plight of teen prompts education debate, protest in China

As the end of middle school approached this year, Zhan Haite, 15, faced two choices: attend vocational school in Shanghai in the fall or move to her ancestral home in distant Jiangxi province to take the high school entrance exam and study there.

Taking the test and going to senior high school in cosmopolitan Shanghai, where she had lived since she was four, was not an option.

22 Dec 2012 - 3:28pm

Clampdown on village nursery after photos expose rural hardship

Education authorities in rural Henan province ordered the abrupt closure of an unlicensed village nursery after its children made national headlines in a series of news photos depicting the hardships of rural “left-behind”children.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Two steps that would prove Beijing is serious about reform

At their first Politburo meeting earlier this month, China's incoming leaders pledged to boost domestic consumer demand, promote urbanisation and enhance social welfare provision.

17 Dec 2012 - 5:31am 2 comments

Do migrant children deserve better access to education?

Beijing residents and migrants to the city from other parts of China are having a heated debate over the capital’s upcoming “Gaokao” – or China’s college entrance exam policy for the children of migrants.

30 Nov 2012 - 2:31pm