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Building China: Migrant Workers in China’s Construction Industry
The Center for Chinese Studies at UC Berkeley presents a discussion with Katie Quan and Sarah Swider.
Panelist/Discussant: Katie Quan, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UCB
Sarah Swider, Sociology, Wayne State University
This talk focuses on understanding the working and living conditions of migrant workers in the informal sector of China’s construction industry. It presents three distinct employment arrangements found among these migrant workers. Each employment arrangement is linked with specific mechanisms that channel migrants into a segmented informal labor market, together which shape the lives of these migrants on and off the jobsite.
Tensions evident in the recent European Union-China virtual summit reflect the increasing skepticism in Europe toward China and the worries over Ukraine and economic ties as well as human rights and environmental issues.