The Effects of Labor Migration on the Traditional Chinese Family Structure and the Role of Children
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Half of China’s population lives in rural areas. Because there are so many people and because opportunities for farm work have declined drastically in the past few decades, these millions of people are forced to migrate to support themselves and their families. While in the cities, they work long hours, live in poor conditions, and face discrimination from urban residents. However, my specific interest is how this prolonged separation caused by migration is impacting the traditional family structure and negatively affecting millions of children.