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China’s Migrant Population At 150,000,000!

The city of Beijing is experiencing a dramatic rise in the number of migrants entering the environs of the nation’s capital. It is estimated there are now 5.4 million migrants among the 17 million people in the city. Experts calculate that Beijing’s water and food facilities can best accommodate about 14 million. The vast majority of migrants work at labor-intensive occupations and they apparently are not adhering strictly to China’s policy of one child per family. There is some evidence they exceed the figure and, given they live in horrible housing it is believed children are experiencing severe social problems during their childhood.

China now has about 150,000,000 migrants wandering the nation at any one point in time. The issues facing China in dealing with migrants make other nations like the United States feel as though their migrant situation is not that bad. In the coming years, China’s migrant population will grow even larger causing incredible issues for education, health, and social interactions.

Beijing: 20 Million By 2020

China’s capital city is experiencing an ongoing population explosion which is expected to witness a rise from its present 15 million to 20 million by the year 2020. It is estimated by 2020, 12% of the population will consist of the elderly and 13% of young people. Although, Beijing records each year more deaths than births its population continues increasing due to an influx from rural areas. Next year’s Olympics will probably have the unintended effect of accelerating the arrival of new immigrants to Beijing.

The rapid rise in population of Beijing has immense implications for water, food distribution, crime, etc.. within the city. The increase in elderly means medical facilities must be rapidly expanded and schools are facing the ongoing need to house hundreds of thousands of students. Is China capable of coping with all these problems?