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Migrants make up nearly 40% of Shanghai population

Shanghai population continues to rise but local birth rate remains low, resulting in an imbalance of age distribution with a growing percentage of retirees and a dwindling percentage of children and young people.
Migrants now account for nearly 40 percent of Shanghai's population. Most of them work in the agricultural, building and industrial sectors. They help to ease the city's labor shortage.
Shanghai needs to improve its population structure and sex ratio at birth, provide better reproductive education and services to migrant workers, and study the relationship between population and social development, the Shanghai Population and Family Planning Commission said today.
The city's registered population reached 23.47 million last year, 455,000 more than in 2010. The number is 1.7 percent of the national population.
A registered resident is one who has a registered residence and has lived in Shanghai for at least six months.
Shanghai's population increase in the past decade was much higher than the national average due to a huge influx of migrant workers and their families.
Most of the 9.35 million migrant people live in the suburbs. They average 31.6 years old and have a high employment rate.


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