Where Have the Migrant Workers Gone?

From Economic Observer Online:

“If you could endure those three of four years away from home, you could make what would take you ten years in . After, you can enjoy your life with your wife and children. Why not give it a shot?”

Wu Chengfa, a labor contractor, said with an air of assurance. He was, however, often eyed suspiciously by others when sourcing labor for oversea markets, he said.

“They look upon me as if I am a human trafficker.”

Based near Beijing’s east fifth-ring road, Hu was one rank higher than the he was charged with hiring. Although his monthly salary was two or three thousand yuan more than theirs, he did not have to participate in the same hard labor.

As a result of Wu’s efforts and others in the trade though, construction sites within China have started to feel a drying up of migrant labor, with some workers even quitting mid-project to pursue opportunities abroad.


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