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China to offer better jobs, life to migrant workers

Updated: Sep 30,2014 8:51 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING - The central government hopes to offer more quality jobs to migrant workers to help ease them into urban living.

To do so, the State Council hopes to provide professional training to 20 million surplus rural labor workers per year until 2020. The goal is to boost work conditions, ensure pay schedules and make sure they are covered by social security, said a policy guideline published by the State Council on Sept 30.

At the end of June, China had 174 million migrants working outside their area of residence, official data showed.

The cabinet will also work to help about 100 million migrant workers in central and western China to be “urbanized” locally, and help about 100 million people nationwide without urban ID records to settle in towns and cities by 2020, according to a statement.

Migrant workers will be given training with some focus on the service sector and offered favorable policies to start their own business.

According to the guideline, migrant workers will enjoy the same treatment as urban residents in terms of social security.

By 2020, migrant workers and families will also enjoy equal access to basic public services in cities, including education, community hospitals and public housing.

The State Council didn’t go into specific detail as how to achieve the goals.