Migrant workers and China's development: A critical social responsibility perspective

Dieu Hack-Polay*, Haiyan Qiu

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter addresses a critical issue relating to the sustainability of the vast economic progress that the People's Republic of China has made in just over three decades of opening up and becoming a full participant in the global economy. The phenomenal development has brought about good fortune to many of the country's communities but it has also engendered different types of problems. Millions of people have been displaced to become migrant workers and social inequalities remained and even widened. These inequalities are significantly sharp in relation to migrant workers who are incidentally the backbone of China's development and whose labour benefits the myriad of private companies in the country. The chapter concludes that the sustainability of China's development depends largely on the ability and willingness of those beneficiary companies and the State to successfully confront these issues and deal with them.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLocally Led Initiatives in Developing Economies
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781351284363
ISBN (Print)9781783534814
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sept 2017


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