Students preparing to take a nap at Dalu primary school in Hefei, Anhui province. There are currently over 160 students in the school, mostly “left-behind” children whose parents left their hometown to earn a living. Photo: Reuters

In reforming its hukou system, is China also creating a labour shortage for its biggest cities?

Kam Wing Chan says Beijing’s attempt to purge migrant children from the big cities will skew the population structure and lead to a shortage of workers

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Students preparing to take a nap at Dalu primary school in Hefei, Anhui province. There are currently over 160 students in the school, mostly “left-behind” children whose parents left their hometown to earn a living. Photo: Reuters
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