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The global crisis' impact upon China's rural migrants

Auswirkung der Weltwirtschaftskrise auf Chinas ländliche Wanderarbeitnehmer
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Hsu, Sara; Jiang, Shiyin; Heyward, Halcott

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Abstract 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.
Keywords China; financial crisis; migration; poverty; remigration; unemployment; fiscal policy; Great Depression; migrant worker; city-country relationship; economic policy; government policy; regional factors; gross domestic product; regional comparison; branch of the economy
Classification Sociology of Developing Countries, Developmental Sociology; Migration, Sociology of Migration; Political Economy
Method descriptive study; empirical; quantitative empirical
Free Keywords Sociology; poverty; financial crisis; Contemporary
Document language German
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 167-185
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 39 (2010) 2
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works