What is 留守儿童 in English?

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留守儿童 (the “left-behind” children), refers to the children whose single or both parents go out to work in cities, while the children are left in the rural areas. They generally live with father or mother, or the elders in the family, other relatives or friends. In September 2012, the Ministry of Education announced that in term of compulsory education, over 12.6 million students are following their partents to study in the cities, while 22 million children are left behind to live and study in the rural areas in the stage of compulsory education.

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