China Daily has written about the situation of migrant workers who are flooding China’s cities: “Zhou [Haiwang, deputy director of the Institute of Population and Development at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences] specifically notes the four advantages brought by migrant workers: they make direct money for the cities; they provide abundant and low-cost labour; they increase consumption; and they spur competition in the labour market.
But conditions for migrant workers are not wholly satisfactory.
Since the late 1980s, their pay has not really gone up because of the huge labour supply. Some urban residents see the flow of workers as a potentially unstable factor, and crimes in the cities are often linked with the influx of farmers. ”
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