Against the Grain

Migrant Workers in China

The movement of Chinese people – around 300 million of them – from rural areas to China’s cities has been called the largest mass migration in human history. Have the working-class migrants who’ve built China’s megacities been rewarded for their efforts? Eli Friedman describes the obstacles and injustices they’ve encountered, particularly when trying to get schooling for their children.

Eli Friedman, The Urbanization of People: The Politics of Development, Labor Markets, and Schooling in the Chinese City Columbia University Press, 2022

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