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Floating population records decrease

(Global Times)

08:53, April 23, 2012

The floating population of China's Pearl River Delta region declined for the first time in 30 years in 2011, according to recent statistics, signaling that industrial transformation along China's coastal cities is changing the population structure of the country.

As Shenzhen Statistics Bureau data indicates, the city's floating population dropped by 0.93 percent, or 73,200 people, last year. The number of residents in Guangzhou and Dongguan, also decreased, according to government figures.

The relocation of labor-intensive enterprises and the high living costs in China's coastal centers were cited by experts as major causes of the demographic shift.

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