New regulations that effectively prevent non-local children from attending their first year of compulsory education at Beijing schools have led to ongoing protests by migrant parents working in the capital, where about 40% of primary schoolchildren lack the necessary permit, The Financial Times reported. Recent policies seek to push migrants out of the most attractive, high-wage areas and into less flourishing cities where a glut of new housing resides. Anger is particularly strong in Beijing because many migrant parents paid into the city’s social security system after tightened regulations were issued last year, only to have their contributions undone by additional requirements for attendance announced in April.
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