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Who infringes their rights? Discrimination of Chinese peasant-workers

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The reform policy in China since 1980 has opened for migration from the countryside to the cities. Between 100 and 200 million peasants are believed to work in urban areas and they suffer discrimination and harassment from employers and city people. Due to a household registration system their legal status is different from urban residents. The system in itself constitutes discrimination and due to their low status migrants and their families are suffering from infringements of their rights to decent working conditions, an adequate standard of living, family life and primary education. The central government has stepped in with new policies regulating the labour market, but effective implementation has yet to be seen.
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Keywords: China; human rights; labour rights; migration; mobility

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Danish Institute for Human Rights, Copenhagen, Denmark

Publication date: 01 December 2010

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