No win-win situation- 61 millions children are left behind in the home towns by their parents who work as migrant factory workers in the big cities. The numbers are grim!
-80% of the parents feel inadequate in parenting;
-68% of the couples separated due to lack of time to look after their children;
-38% of the parents are upset to the point that frequent errors at work occurred due to their worry about children.
One migrant worker actually attended the research result release and told his story:
- in order to take care of his daughter, his wife and himself work in different 12-hour shifts, ended up never seeing each other;
- in order to make more money, he went to work in a factory in HeBei (being told to make RMB 6000/month) but realized half of the wage will be paid off only once a year before CNY (if that actually happens). He thus left after 4 months and wasn’t able to cover the cost of the journey.
- before mobile phone is affordable, he went to IDD phone booth once a month to call home. It was RMB 1/ min and a 30-min call was worth a full day salary.