The mass migration of workers from China’s countryside to cities has contributed enormously to its economic growth over the past 40 years. Photo: EPA-EFE
The mass migration of workers from China’s countryside to cities has contributed enormously to its economic growth over the past 40 years. Photo: EPA-EFE

Coronavirus: China’s migrant workers determined to stay in cities as most see ‘no hope’ in rural hometowns

  • Most migrant workers want to stay in big cities for education and health care, despite the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, a new survey shows
  • But a lack of local residency permits, pressures on jobs and income make city living difficult for migrants who have been among the hardest hit by the outbreak

The mass migration of workers from China’s countryside to cities has contributed enormously to its economic growth over the past 40 years. Photo: EPA-EFE
The mass migration of workers from China’s countryside to cities has contributed enormously to its economic growth over the past 40 years. Photo: EPA-EFE
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