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Migrant youths outnumber locals

By Liang Yiwen   (Shanghai Daily)

13:09, April 12, 2012

The number of non-local youths has surpassed local youths, according to the latest census, officials said yesterday.

Among the city's 8.9 million people aged 14 to 35, migrants accounted for 56.5 percent. The influx of non-locals and the ongoing baby boom has caused great pressure on schools, authorities said. Parents face preschool shortages and will soon find themselves struggling with primary school and middle school shortages by 2015, the Shanghai Education Commission said.

The problem will be more severe in the outskirts, as most migrants dwell there and more locals are moving from downtown to the suburbs.

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