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Chinese Migrants Head Home

The ripple effects of America’s economic distress continue to impact regions throughout the world. During the madness of the Bush administration which encouraged a binge of buying accompanied by huge tax cuts for the wealthy which resulted in ever higher budget deficits, Americans welcome the arrival of inexpensive goods from China while ignoring they were paying for the imports with money borrowed from China. The economic slowdown in America is causing many Chinese factories to close down or to reduce the work force. This has resulted in millions of rural Chinese farmers who migrated to urban areas in search of work being compelled to return to their rural homes. Eight million migrant workers from central China’s Henan province returned home before the spring festival, a figure that is one million higher than last year.

Most of these returning migrants do not wish to return to the life of a farmer since they prefer city living. Chinese officials report this province alone has 32 million surplus laborers and most of the returning migrants have come home due to economic conditions, not because they want to resume a rural existence. The Chinese government may have a demographic time bomb on its hand which could explode at any time. Unfortunately, for China, the American people will not quickly return to their former lives of living off credit cards.

Migrant Childen In China-UnSeen, Unheard

Nobody knows how many migrant children are currently in Beijing but estimates suggest there are nearly 20 million in China. In fact, there are still no accurate figures as to the number of migrant workers and some estimates range into figures over one hundred million. Migrant children confront a number of difficult situations since their parents may be engaged in seasonal work and have to move on regardless of where in the school term it occurs. Geng Ting, 11, noted: “I was happy to rejoin my parents, but unwillng to leave friends I’d grown up with.”

During her three years in Beijing, she has attended five schools but now, attends a special school in Beijing for migrant children. “I sometimes lose my temper with my parents for changing schools so often as I’ve just built up relationships with teachers and friends and then have to leave. It means I have to do this all over again.” Migrants fear authority and many will not even register their children in school for fear it might effect their migrant status and lead to being returned to their home village.

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