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Life is tough for migrant workers in Shanghai

CHINA'S 240 million migrant workers who left their rural homes to earn a living in the cities consider Shanghai one of the cities where they feel least happy, according to a survey made by Beijing Tsinghua University.

In Shanghai, which has about 4 million migrant workers, soaring costs of living has led to a labor shortage, especially of young workers, according to the local labor department

Shanghai ranked 18th among the 20 Chinese cities that absorb a large number of migrant workers, just above Dongguan and Shenzhen in southern Guangdong Province.

Some local sociologists and psychologists said the city's high living cost is the main source of pressure for migrant workers.

The survey also showed that migrant workers also consider Shanghai least friendly to them while Qingdao scored the highest in this regard.

Quanzhou, a port city in Fujian Province, topped other Chinese cities in happiness index, according to the survey.

The survey also found the rising costs made migrant workers less confident to find happy life in cities in the Yangtze Delta region which is losing attraction to them.


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