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China's second-tier cities more attractive to college graduates: report

(Xinhua)    16:30, June 11, 2019

BEIJING, June 11 (Xinhua) -- China's college graduates are flowing into second-tier cities instead of first-tier ones, the China Daily reported Tuesday.

In 2018, about 37.3 percent of college graduates from other regions chose to work in one of the top 10 second-tier cities, such as Hangzhou, Chengdu, Ningbo and Wuhan, up 9.4 percentage points from 2014, the newspaper said, citing the annual College Graduates' Employment Report.

The report also said that in 2018, 21 percent of college graduates chose to work in first-tier cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, down 4 percentage points from 2014.

In 2018, 24 percent of college graduates chose to leave first-tier cities after working there for three years, up 6 percentage points from 2014, said the report.

Second-tier cities have rolled out favorable policies to attract university graduates, while living in first-tier cities is becoming less attractive for college graduates due to surging property prices and difficulty in obtaining permanent residence, or hukou, said Wang Boqing, founder of MyCOS, an education consulting and research institute in Beijing.

The report, the 11th of its kind, was based on a survey of 303,000 graduates from 30 provincial-level regions.

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