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Left Behind Children In China Reveal New Issue

A new report by the All China Women’s Federation reveals nearly 58 million children have been left behind by parents who head for the cities and jobs in factories and construction. More than 40 million of these children are under the age of 14 and have usually been placed in the care of aged grandparents who are ordinarily compelled to continue working in fields raising crops. The report notes that in many areas of China there is literally a void in the presence of a generation due to so many having left for urban areas. The only good news is about 80% are in school and most apparently are not dropping out.

There are probably at any one time in China an estimated 180 million people who have left rural areas in search of jobs and economic advancement in urban areas. Their presence undoubtedly plays a major role in economic growth, but the new report reveals as they leave millions of children are without parents. China does not know the long term consequences of what happens when 58 mllion are abandoned. Although 80% are in school, an estimated 10 million are not. Are those children encountering difficulties in adjusting to a life without a mother and father?

The Price Of Migration Within The European Union

There is scant doubt, migration within the European Union from less developed areas of eastern Europe have helped in providing workers for booming economies as well as significantly raising the standard of living within poverty areas of the EU. A recent article in the Rumanian, Nine O’Clock newspaper, notes migration has resulted in money being directed back home, but it also has deprived the nation of skilled workers and may well result in damaging Rumania’s industrial development. An unforseen consequence of migration is that some families benefit significantly from their expatriate family member, but as some families gain economically, it widens the economic gap between people in many small villages.

The newspaper raises an important issue which, as of yet, has not been seriously studied — the impact of migration upon children since at least one of their parents is missing. Many children are left with grandparent because both parents have headed west for work. Nine O’Clock hypothesizes Rumania has a generation of children who might suffer from the psychological outcome of being abandoned by parents. As years pass, children feel more estranged from missing parents. Does this estrangement result in greater drug or alcohol use? Rumanian health and education authorities have not engaged in enough studies of the psychological dimensions of migration upon either children or parents.