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The Global Crisis’ Impact upon China’s Rural Migrants

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  • Sara Hsu

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  • Shiyin Jiang

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  • Halcott Heyward

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Towards the end of 2008, as the world economy slowed and export-demand declined due to the global financial crisis, news reports began to appear detailing the return of rural migrants in China to their provincial homes. It was reported that 20 million rural migrant workers were laid off, and social instability rose due to both economic hardship and to the withholding of the payment of wages. Over time, these circumstances have changed, due to both the Chinese government’s fiscal stimulus package and to those programmes that have been targeted specifically at assisting the country’s rural migrants. As a result, the situation for rural migrants is no longer dire; circumstances have been greatly ameliorated by proactive government policies. To confirm these results, in this paper we look both at the situation across China and briefly at a study carried out in Sichuan province.

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  • Sara Hsu & Shiyin Jiang & Halcott Heyward, 2010. "The Global Crisis’ Impact upon China’s Rural Migrants," Journal of Current Chinese Affairs - China aktuell, Institute of Asian Studies, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, vol. 39(2), pages 167-185.
  • Handle: RePEc:gig:chaktu:v:39:y:2010:i:2:p:167-185
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    China; migration; poverty; financial crisis;

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