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Leaving Children Behind: Migrating parents and their non-migrating children in urban China

Why are most children of migrant worker families left behind in the countryside while their parents seek urban employment?

Monday, November 21, 2011
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
6275 Bunche Hall (History Department Seminar Room)

This presentation will explain why most children of migrant worker families are left behind in the countryside against the desires of their parents.  Empirical models using cross-section survey data of 402 migrant worker families collected in 2008, and based largely on family theory, were constructed to estimate the effects of social and family variables on family decision-making. Estimation results show that family factors rather than external factors contribute to the limited movement of children with their parents.

Implications on the impact of quality of life will be discussed, along with recommendations for dealing with China's family migration and separation issue.

About the speaker:

Xuewen (Sherman) Tan is a Visiting Scholar and Associate Research Fellow in the UCLA Department of Geography and CASS Rural Development Institute.


Cost : free


Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies

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