Migrant Workers

Migrant workers feel the squeeze in Beijing micro-flats

High housing prices force low income migrant workers to squeeze in micro-flats. Photo: Reuters

Just when you thought flats couldn’t get any smaller, consider this – more than 38 residents squeeze themselves into an Beijing apartment block measuring only 130 square metres.

Thursday, 22 November, 2012, 6:59pm

Boys' deaths highlight plight of China's 'left behind' kids

The rubbish bin in Bijie believed to be the one inside which five runaway boys sought shelter and later died. Photo: AP

On the day China unveiled its new leadership in Beijing with promises of a better life for all, five runaway boys died in a rubbish bin where they had sought shelter on a cold night.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:47pm 3 comments

Grim fate of migrant workers maimed in China's 'black factories'

Liang Jun (left), a printing worker, and Li Jiangping, an air-conditioner mechanic, were injured on the job in Foshan. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Ou Changqun's right arm remains crooked after seven operations to reattach her forearm, which was torn off by a steel-spring punching machine two years ago.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:47am 2 comments

World relies on Xi Jinping's economic moves

Workers assemble television sets in Shenyang, in Liaoning. Wages for the migrant workers have risen rapidly in recent years. Photo: EPA

As the United States has been consumed by its own political transition, or lack thereof, it has paid scant attention to the one occurring in China.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am

Chinese cities shut out migrants at their own cost

Migrant workers watching a video on a laptop under a self-built shelter shared with several hundred others in Hefei, central China's Anhui province. Photo: AFP

In the traditional values of an agricultural community, the home and land are the centre of one's being. Leaving one's homeland means forsaking one's roots; the call for a migrant to return to the homeland is described as "falling leaves return to their roots".

5 Nov 2012 - 2:32am

Migrant workers use internet 'press conferences' to fight for back pay

Quan Wenhua appears in a mock foreign-ministry press conference, which drew attention on the internet. Photo: SCMP

Migrant workers pursuing bosses for back pay on the mainland have to be creative, given their low odds of success in petitions and lawsuits.

31 Oct 2012 - 4:28am

Migrant worker museum opens in Guangzhou

Wang Yang, Party Secretary of the Guangdong Province. Photo: Reuters

The opening of a 200 million yuan (HK$245.2 million) Museum of Migrant Workers in Guangzhou last week seems to have been designed to add the final gloss to Guangdong party secretary Wang Yang's bid for a seat on the Communist Party's Politburo Standing Committee at next month's party congress.

13 Oct 2012 - 8:10am 2 comments

Migrant rights groups report forced evictions in Shenzhen

Migrant workers' housing in Shenzhen. Activists who help the workers have reported random inspections and evictions, said an open letter. Photo: AFP

Workers’ rights groups in the manufacturing hub of Shenzhen are being forcibly evicted from their offices, scholars have said in an open letter, urging an end to the crackdown.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Rules for which migrants can study in their adopted cities anger families

Yuan Guiren

Migrant parents are unhappy with new State Council guidelines that set harsh rules for deciding which of their children can sit high school and university entrance exams in the cities where they live.

They say the restrictions will deny their children the chance of an education.

7 Sep 2012 - 4:34am

First thing China, August 23

Keywords: Lonely urban workers, gutter oil, Sinopec, hukou, India, Mengniu


Lonely Chinese V-Day for most young urban labourers

29 Aug 2012 - 3:06pm

Limits on China's migrant workers barrier to plan to lift their spending

China's household spending and fixed investment

Apparently Beijing is now relying on a vast army of migrant labourers to boost consumer spending and rebalance China's economy.

According to a report published yesterday by the National Population and Family Planning Commission, the mainland's 230 million migrant workers "would greatly stimulate China's consumption growth" if only they spent more money.

21 Aug 2012 - 7:20am