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Legislators seek changes for migrants

By Chen Xin (China Daily)

15:16, February 25, 2012

Migrant workers carrying packages wait to cross the street in Ji'nan, Shandong province, on Wednesday. (Photo: China Daily)

BEIJING, Feb. 25 (Xinhuanet) -- More education and other public resources should be offered to the new generation of migrant workers to ensure their job security and ability to get by in cities, the country's legislators are suggesting.

"I've noticed that young migrants frequently change jobs, which is not good for themselves, or enterprises, or even the labor market," Yan Chengzhong, a National People's Congress deputy, said ahead of this year's sessions of the NPC and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, which will begin in the first week of March.

A recent survey by Tsinghua University supports Yan's comment.

Sixty-six percent of migrant workers have changed jobs at least once, 25 percent in the past seven months, and they stay at a job on average no more than two years, the survey found.

China has around 240 million migrant workers, and 58 percent of them were born after 1980.

Yan, who is an economics professor at Donghua University in Shanghai, said most young migrant workers never farmed in the rural areas they came from, but left to find jobs in cities right after finishing their middle school or high school education.

Young migrants have high expectations, and most want to ultimately become urban residents. They ask for a better living and working environment than their parents have, according to Yan.

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