[LINK] Migrant workers in China

Kim Holburn kim at holburn.net
Sun Oct 9 13:32:43 AEDT 2011

If you want some background on how workers in China are treated you might start here:


>   China is now experiencing the largest mass migration of people from the countryside to the city in history. An estimated 230 million Chinese (2010) —a number equivalent to two thirds the population of the United States four three times the number of people who emigrated to American from Europe over a century—have left the countryside and migrated to the cities in recent years. About 13 million new people join the legions every year. The number is expected to reach 250 million by 2012 and surpass 300 million and maybe reach 400 million by 2025.

Here's more:
Dragon rising: an inside look at China today By Jasper Becker

This has been going on for a long time, here's an article from 2005:

> The Chinese Ministry of Labor admitted that the child labor situation was very serious throughout the country. It stated that exploiting child laborers has become a common occurrence. In some coastal areas and particular economic zones, such as Fujian and Guangdong, as well as Zhejiang, Sichuan, and Hubei, there are reported to be approximately four to five million-child laborers under the age of 16. Child laborers under 12 years of age are also found in Whenzhou and in some areas of Guangdong and Hainan. The children usually work 10 to 14 hours a day with half the wages of an adult.

Foxconn is probably heaven compared to many of the factories in China where your electronics are made. (Completely unsubstantiated claim: prove or disprove as you wish.)

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