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The number of internal rural-urban migrants in China, 270 million in 2013, exceeds the number of international migrants, 232 million. Only 170 million of the internal Chinese migrants move long distances; the other 100 million leave their rural villages, but remain in the same province. Migrants earned an average 2,609 yuan ($425) a month at the end of 2013.
Since Chinese citizens receive public services such as education and health care in the place where they are registered, rural-urban migrants and their children have limited access to local public services where they work. Migrants who stay within their province may want to buy apartments in provincial cities so that their children obtain a better education.