Migration With and Without Children: Causes and Economic, Social, and Psychological Consequences

Focusing on contemporary China, this project addresses two related issues that are still under-researched and are interdisciplinary in nature: “left-behind” children and “drifted” children in China. A main contributor to China’s spectacular growth is the large-scale labor migration from rural to urban China. A product of this migration is the so-called “left-behind” children in rural China and “drifted children” in urban China. These two phenomena have been serious concerns for the society and policy makers. However, somewhat surprisingly, they have received little attention in the academic literature. This project therefore explores ways to fill this gap by analyzing the issues from the perspectives of economics, sociology and educational psychology.

  • Junsen Zhang, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Hongliang Zhang, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Xianguo Yao, Zhejiang University
  • Runjuan Liu, University of Alberta

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