Contemporary China Studies

The Children of China’s Great Migration and Urbanisation - Rachel Murphy

In an era of unprecedented globalisation and urbanisation, migration and education have become principal strategies through which rural Chinese families pursue socio-economic mobility. Millions of rural adults now work in China’s cities, and increasingly too in developing countries, while their children stay with grandparents and other relatives and at boarding schools. Whereas in the 1990s parents sought to earn money to secure their families’ futures in the village, in the past decade, increasingly, their main objective has been to secure their children’s off-farm futures.

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