Migrants Dilemma

29 Mar

A very modern Catch 22 as migrant workers expand towns and High-rises they are forced out of the homes they live in. This video also highlights how there is discrimination of migrant workers and how they are financially marginalised by society through low pay.


3 Responses to “Migrants Dilemma”

  1. timhaythorne April 2, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    An interesting issue is raised here, with the case of Chinese corporations and the Government taking advantage of the cheap labour within their own country, instead of the usual multinationals that come in from abroad. Exploiting cheap labour has always been a hazy issue within society, as on the one hand it creates more work reducing unemployment, but on the other hand it pays the bare minimum wage.

    However, surely the potential foe exploitation is far greater when it happens within the same country, as workers can not only be exploited on an economic level but also a social one.

    China seems to now be turning to extreme measures to match its huge infrastructure and housing demand and is now exploiting its own labour force. This draws in more and more migrants from poorer provinces to the cities, creating a more dense population and straining resources even more. The denser the population, the more strain there will be in the future and demand will keep increasing to create a vicious circle.

  2. jc35g10 April 2, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    Migrant workers are often discriminated against, leaving them feeling lonely and isolated. Therefore, despite them contributing a great deal to the economy and society in which they live, there is always an issue surrounding a sense of ‘belonging’. This means that although these migrant workers may fulfil many obligations expected of citizens, such as working to earn their own money and obeying the law, they will not receive any of the rights that true, non-migrant citizens would. This appears to be extremely unfair as they many contribute more to the community and economy than other citizens do, yet do not receive any rights or rewards for this. Thus, they are being totally exploited, receiving barely any economic, political or social rights.

  3. pw9g10 April 3, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    This video in part shows that China still has some distance to go before being truly modern. Skyscrapers and economic prosperity show an image of modernity but beneath that huge inequalities cast doubt over the China’s ability to develop a modern society of greater fairness. That being said inequalities are evident across the world however none seem as extreme as the case of migrant workers.

    Considering that China has experienced great economic development little appears to have been done to provide enough suitable housing and schooling. The inability of the lady in the case study to enrol her child in school due to their status as a migrant working family shows that socially China is yet to fully move forward. This is against a backdrop of irony where the migrant workers play a huge role in developing the city and yet after eight years of living in Beijing and contributing much there seems little reward.

    The potential for greater exploitation coming from domestic organisations seems counterintuitive to the point that it could be believed that Chinese organisations would be more likely to give back to society than foreign corporations. However, falling back onto the lack of appropriate schooling and housing it appears that this has not materialised.

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