The Issue of Left-behind Children Causes Labor Shortage
    2011-02-16 13:17:17     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Yu
 

After the Spring Festival, labor shortages have yet again become a major concern in the coastal regions, and the issue of left-behind children has in some way played a part in the insufficient supply of workers, the Guangzhou Daily reported.

As China's migrant workers flock to well-developed cities to earn a better living, their children often remain behind in the countryside. The Chinese government estimates that there are 58 million of these children, and more than 30 percent of the kids are growing up without their parents presence for more than five years, according to statistics from the All-China Women's Federation.

Xiaomeng is a 14-year-old left-behind kid in Luyi County of Central China's Henan Province. After her parents left for Guangdong Province 10 years ago, Xiaomeng's grandmother raised her alone. Being permanently separated from her parents, Xiaomeng has been experiencing emotional depression since last year, according to the report.

Some migrant workers have recognized their children are prone to get hurt due to lack of supervision, and they must learn not just from books, but how to be a decent human being from their parents. Wei Dongwei has a four-year-old son, and he decided to work in his hometown. "Although I may earn less, I will spare no efforts to ensure my son gets a decent education," he told the newspaper.

At the garments factory recruitment in Luyi County, a dozen workers told Guangzhou Daily that they prefer to stay in their hometown if they can obtain similar wages.

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