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Migrant Workers

Then & now: paradise found

Indifferent Hong Kong gives migrant workers a taste of personal freedom that is unthinkable in their home nation, writes Jason Wordie.

Saturday, 24 November, 2012, 11:06pm

Migrant workers feel the squeeze in Beijing micro-flats

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.

22 Nov 2012 - 6:59pm

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

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'

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

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.

15 Nov 2012 - 5:02am

Chinese cities shut out migrants at their own cost

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

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

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

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

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