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Liaoning Province had the largest area of China's concentrated shantytowns. In order to improve the living conditions of residents, an ambitious project of renovating shantytowns was launched by the provincial government in 2005 and approved by the State Council.

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By the Numbers

From 2005 to 2011, a total of 706,000 families have moved out of shantytowns in Liaoning Province, according to the provincial Housing and Urban-Rural Construction Department.

Figures from the department show that by the end of 2011, 29.1 million square meters of shantytowns had been renovated and 44.02 million square meters of new apartments had been built, improving living conditions for 2.11 million residents.

More than 100,000 employment opportunities were provided to former shantytown residents, solving employment problems for more than 23,000 families. Eighty percent of those laid-off workers found jobs again.

Within the six years, average family revenue has increased 10,207 yuan ($1,620) annually, up 49 percent, according to the department.

(Source: Liaoning Province Housing and Urban-Rural Construction Department)

UN Millennium Development Goals

- End Poverty and Hunger

- Universal Education

- Gender Equality

- Child Health

- Maternal Health

- Combat HIV/AIDS

- Environmental Sustainability

- Global Partnership

(Source: www.un.org)

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