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Encouraging Chinese immigration in the name of equality

April 14, 2009

Tibetan Review
April 13, 2009

That rural migrant workers in China’s cities are
second-class sub-citizens in their own country is
a well known legal and commentarial fact,
acknowledged even by the top leadership in
Beijing. But that’s not the case in the case of
Chinese immigrants in Tibet, for which there is a
special task force to especially take care of
their interests after the Mar’08 Tibetan
protests. In keeping with this policy, China has
announced that immigrants’ Children will get the
same free tuition and fees in private schools as locals.

The government will allocate 80 yuan subsidy for
each pupil per semester, 115 yuan for middle
school students, reported China’s online Tibet
news service Apr 11. All students in
the stage of compulsory education can enjoy free
tuition and fees in private schools.
Significantly, the report said, “migrant workers'
children can receive a fair education and enjoy
the same treatments as urban children.” While
this would seem to suggest that the distinction
is between urban and rural folks, its beneficial
effect on Chinese immigrants is far too obvious.

The report added, "Children of migrant workers
can also apply for the nearest school and enjoy
the free tuition, fees, textbooks and notebooks."

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