For Decades, China’s Laborers Moved To Cities. Now They’re Being Forced Out

Authorities have given residents in Jiugong Township of Beijing, many of whom are migrant laborers, just days to clear out before they shut off all electricity and water.

Beijing’s eviction of migrant laborers has sparked one of China’s biggest political controversies. The government is reversing the flow of labor from the countryside to the cities.

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