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Migrants dominate city youth population

THE number of migrant young people living in Shanghai has now easily surpassed their local peers.

Based on last year's census, the city has about 8.2 million people between 14 and 35, and about 61 percent of them are from out of town, said the Shanghai Statistics Bureau. Most of the young people come here for study and work. They want to find career development or form a family in Shanghai. And migrant people between 24 and 35 also come to the city because of marriage or business transfers, the census showed.

Shanghai youngsters usually have better educations than those from other provinces. About 53 percent of Shanghai young people have gone to college or received university education, but 54 percent of migrants have never been to senior high school.

The census also showed that young people are now suffering high workloads, and migrant young people seem to work harder than those who have a Shanghai hukou, or registered permanent residence. About 30 percent of Shanghai young people work more than 44 hours a week, but for migrants that number is near 40 percent. And about 16 percent of the Shanghai-registered work more than 50 hours a week; for migrants the figure is 20 percent.

Most of the migrant young people serve in traditional industries, but some have found positions in such white-collar fields as computer software, finance and insurance. Some also occupy management positions, the bureau said.


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