Living Under the Shadow : Migrant Workers in Shanghai

China is experiencing the largest labor migration in history. The number of in-migrants to cities without changing their household registration status, whom the Chinese label as floating population, rose particularly drastically since the early 1980s. In 1981 it was only 0.26 million, by 1986 the number rose to 1.55 million, and by the 1990s it exceeded 2.6 million.

In 2002,a massive number of rural labors keep moving across the rural-urban boundary in search of improved income opportunities and enhanced social status. the reason most migrant workers move to Shanghai is because they believe it's here that they can find a door that will lead them to a new life. Some of them survived and created their own community in downtown Shanghai, China.

Living Under the Shadow
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