China in 2 minutes a day
Top news and analysis delivered to your inbox

A report counts 61 million ‘left-behind’ children in China’s countryside, a phenomenon often attributed to cities denying social services to families of migrant workers

4 months ago
Lucas Niewenhuis
ore than one-third of all rural children younger than 17 are living without daily care from their parents, according to the latest report from the National Health and Family Planning Commission. The pattern of "left-behind children" has led to numerous tragedies, including suicide cases and accidental deaths, as young children are left to fend for themselves in many cases.
By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the publication's newsletter, app, and website. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
China in 2 minutes a day
Top news and analysis delivered to your inbox

More from SupChina

Will Xi’an become a megalopolis at the heart of the New Silk Road?
The ancient capital prepares for the spotlight once again. Read more
Feb 22, 2017
Wednesday, February 22
The verdant terraces
Feb 22, 2017