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Low wages come in the way of finding a mate

By He Dan (China Daily)

09:00, December 09, 2011

BEIJING - "When will you bring back a daughter-in-law for us?" is the question uppermost on Xie Kaiqiang's parents' minds. Their son has been working in the capital city for five years and is still single.

With a slender monthly wage of 1,800 yuan ($283), Xie feels he is too poor to start a relationship with a girl.

"I can barely save any money after paying the rent," said the 23-year-old from a village in Changzhi city in North China's Shanxi province, who works as a property administration clerk for a community in Beijing.

"Girls in big cities are all realistic, so I dare not assume that any of them would want to date a man who can't afford taking her out to dine at a restaurant or watch the latest movie in a cinema," Xie said.

A recent survey proved that Xie's case was typical among young migrant workers, especially men. More than half the male migrant workers polled said they were not confident to start a relationship due to low payment.

The survey showed migrant workers earned about 2,150 yuan on average, which was 1,700 yuan less than their expectation.

The Chinese Research Society of Family Culture, an institute affiliated to the All-China Women's Federation, on Thursday published the survey that polled more than 2,500 migrant workers in 16 cities.

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