Crimes committed by young migrant workers spark public concern

11:12, February 25, 2011      

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Migrant workers born after 1980 committed about a third of China's crimes last year, according to a latest analysis report.

The group of about 100 million people makes up only about 7 percent of China's population, said China Daily newspaper Friday.

The report, issued by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, showed that the segment committed a disproportionate amount of crime because it suffered from discrimination, unfairness and faced other difficulties in the cities where its members worked.

"It is discrimination and exclusion, job and education difficulties, unfair political and economic treatment, inadequate social security and relief, and cultural shocks that cause the high crime rates among the group," said the newspaper.

The report also detailed the types of crimes young migrant workers are often involved in. They primarily involve taking others' assets and sex offenses and feature small and large groups of offenders. Most criminals are under 25 and there is a trend that offenders are getting younger.

The crimes often involve violence.

The academy said political and judicial apparatus at all levels attached great importance to crimes committed by migrants from rural areas.

In a bid to address the problem, the State Council issued a directive promoting coordinated rural and urban development in January 2010. The directive specifically requires targeted measures to be taken to help with the urbanization of the new generation of migrant workers, the newspaper said.

The annual report on China's rule of law also said administrative transparency has become the government's "shortcoming" and needs "improvement".

It showed that fifty-one out of 59 government administrations under the State Council and 70 percent of 43 selected city governments failed to pass an administrative transparency evaluation.Source:Xinhua
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