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Migrants' matchmaker

GAO Wenjun has been busy creating opportunities for young people resettled after dam projects to meet and fall in love.
"What worries me most is not their housing, food or living conditions, but romance and marriage," said Gao, chief of Tanghe County's publicity department in central China's Henan Province.
About 330,000 people will move from Danjiangkou City in central China's Hubei Province to Henan, including Tanghe County, for the expansion of Danjiangkou reservoir, part of a national project to divert some of the rich water resources of south China to the north.
"Relocation disrupted many interpersonal relationships, particularly that of young people who are of marriageable age," Gao said.
"That's why we plan to invite young people from nearby villages to parties and sport events so that the migrants can get to know them and hopefully strike some sparks of love," Gao added.
The provincial government has also established a system where each migrating family is assigned two officials who provide assistance and care as they settle down.
"At least the migrants will have someone to talk to when they meet any difficulty," said Liu Chaorui, head of Dengzhou City, another area that the migrants will move to, in Henan Province.


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