Chinese Couples Divorce In Bid For Compensation

Chinese Couples Divorce In Bid For Compensation
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More than 160 couples in a village in eastern China have taken steps to divorce in order to get more compensation after the forced demolition of their homes.

The residents of Jiangbei village in Nanjing, Jiangsu province are facing mass eviction to make way for a new hi-tech zone. Even the newly wedded couples have started filing for divorce.

The couples found they could qualify for two new houses and at least $19,000 extra if they divorced and claimed compensation as singles. Some are over 80, and most said they planned to continue living together.

Families who have been living there for generations have little choice but to move to new housing provided by the local government.

A man in his 80s who divorced his wife has stated the compensation was worth it even though they had enjoyed a good marriage.

Each couple could expect to get one 220 sq m house.

 

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