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High renting prices force migrant workers live in shabby apartment

05-30-2011 09:46 BJT

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Mr. Wang is a salesman working at an IT company. He earns more than 5 thousand yuan per month, which doubles the average income of Beijing residents. But unlike local Beijingers, the middle class Shandong born worker now has to live in a small apartment in Shigezhuang village.

Mr. Wang, a migrant worker said, I think I don't need to spend too much money on the apartment.

Mr. Wang used to co-rent with a friend in downtown Beijing. But rent hikes forced him to leave. He's trying to save money for a wedding.

Mr. Wang said, It will cost me lots of money to get married, I have to buy houses and also cars. So I have to save.

Mr. Wang's fiancee lives in their hometown in Shangdong. The two have been engaged for years, but don't have the money to get married. Even long-distance phonecalls to each other are rare as they try save anyway they can. When they miss each other, a photograph is the only comfort.

Mr. Wang said, It's hard, but this is life.

Lots of un-local white collar workers meet the same challenge. Since the beginning of this year, average rental prices have increased at least 20 percent. And the price hike has led to yet another migration for workers.

 

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: CNTV.CN

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