The Uncertain Future of Beijing's Migrant Schools

As the gap between China’s urban and rural economies continues to expand, the largest rural-urban migration in world history persists. When those from the countryside arrive in the city, the current hukou system blocks their access to the social services that urban residents take for granted. While many join the ranks of China’s “left-behind children” as their parents toil in the city, those who go along often rely on migrant schools for their primary education – while they could attend a public school, the typical fees required far exceed a migrant family’s income. An article from Deutsche-Welle describes the shabby existence and uncertain future of one unlicensed migrant school in Beijing: