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UPDATED: 21:53, May 31, 2004
Migrant children need more care
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The children from migrant worker families are facing difficulties in health care and education, said the Women and Children Work Committee under the State Council Monday.

The committee has just finished an inspection on children amongfloating population in nine Chinese cities.

The mortality of pregnant women, infants and children under five years old in floating population are 1.4 to 3.6 times higher than their counterparts in urban residents, committee sources toldXinhua Monday.

More children from migrant worker families are suffering anemia,rickets and serious malnutrition, the sources said.

"Quite a few of them can not receive regular immunization and their living conditions are worse," said an official with the committee.

Although 90 percent of these children of school age receives compulsory education, 46.9 percent of those six-year-old do not receive pre-school education.

"The problem of child labor is prominent," said the official.

Among the children from 12 to 14 years old who drop out of school, 60 percent has started working, the committee said.

China has more than 100 million floating population and 19.82 million are under 18 years old.

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