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Grandchildren Lead Over 30% of Seniors to Migrate into Major Cities
Source:Chinese Women's Research Network | Release Date:2017-10-10-
Title: Grandchildren Lead Over 30% of Seniors to Migrate into Major Cities
Source: Xinhua
Release Date: October 9, 2017
Keyword: Grandchildren, Seniors, Major Cities,

The task of taking care of their grandchildren has become the leading factor for domestic seniors to settle themselves down in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, according to a blue book of society building.

The blue book, which is entitled Annual Report on Analysis of Beijing Society-Building (2017), was jointly published on September 21 by Beijing University of Technology, Beijing Municipal Commission on Society & Building, and the Social Sciences Academic Press.

It explains the migration of as many as 35.2 percent of seniors into the four metropolises concerned. Meanwhile, other key reasons for elderly people's move into major cities are access to better elderly care services (23.1 percent), the attendance of young children (19.2 percent), and the involvement in business management as well as employment (14.5 percent).

Over half of seniors have come to Guangzhou (51.7 percent) and Shenzhen (53.2 percent), both cities in southern China, in order to undertake the responsibilities of nursing their grandchildren. The proportion of elderly people who have moved to Guangzhou and Shenzhen in order to attend to their children is 3.4 percent and 12.8 percent respectively.

Nearly 35 percent of seniors have moved to Beijing and Shanghai in the attendance of their grandchildren, while 18.8 percent and 21 percent of their peers follow the trend to look after their children in the two cities respectively.

The disparity in the birth rate has partially contributed to the phenomenon in the four major cities. For instance, the birth rate in Guangzhou and Shenzhen was higher at around 10 percent that of Beijing and Shanghai in 2015.

In addition, a higher percentage of seniors have migrated to Beijing and Shanghai for better elderly care and medical services.

Guangzhou rivals three other major cities in the attraction of elderly people who have moved for business management or employment. 

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