Fig 10.1 Number of children affected by migration and its share of the total child population, 2015
CHAPTER 10 CHILDREN AFFECTED BY MIGRATION
Note: In the doughnut chart the first number refers to the child population in millions; the second refers to its share of the total child population.
Source: National Bureau of Statistics, UNICEF China, UNFPA China, ‘Population Status of Children in China in 2015: Facts and Figures’, 2017
In 2015, the number of migrant children aged 0–17 years was 34.26 million, and the number of children left-behind was 68.77 million. Adding these two groups together, the total number of children affected by migration reached 103 million, accounting for 38 per cent of the total child population in China.
The majority of children affected by migration came from or lived in rural areas. Of all migrant children nationwide, 60.9 per cent or 20.87 million were from rural areas (hukou registered in rural areas). 40.51 million children left-behind were in rural areas, accounting for 58.9 per cent of all children left-behind, and 29.4 per cent of all rural children.