According to a 2015 report by Beijing Normal University, there are around 60 million “left-behind” children in China, accounting for roughly one-fifth of all Chinese youth. As parents leave their hometowns to pursue job opportunities, many of their offspring are forced to remain behind in the care of relatives.
These youth have been the topic of intense international debate in recent years. One way to ameliorate their situation is through coordinated social efforts by adding more jobs and allocating better educational resources for less developed areas. This is especially true in the countryside, which has taken the brunt of negative impact from economic changes without reaping much benefit from them.
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