For the first time since 2008, the number of migrant workers in China fell in 2020. Photo: AFP For the first time since 2008, the number of migrant workers in China fell in 2020. Photo: AFP
For the first time since 2008, the number of migrant workers in China fell in 2020. Photo: AFP

China population: coronavirus pandemic fuels decline in migrant labourers amid fears about ageing workforce

  • The number of migrant workers in China declined by 5.17 million last year compared to 2019, the first drop since 2008
  • The fall was largely attributed to the coronavirus pandemic, but experts say the ageing population is a problem too

Topic |   China's population
For the first time since 2008, the number of migrant workers in China fell in 2020. Photo: AFP For the first time since 2008, the number of migrant workers in China fell in 2020. Photo: AFP
For the first time since 2008, the number of migrant workers in China fell in 2020. Photo: AFP
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