财新传媒
财新英文 > 要闻 > 正文

In Depth: Millions of China’s Migrant Workers Find Themselves Shunned in Old Age

By Fan Qiaojia and Li Hang
2022年06月01日 17:34
Laborers over 50 played a key role in the country’s stunning growth over the decades, but they now face a bleak future in which they’re getting cut off from the job market with little or no unemployment support
Few of the dozens of workers interviewed by Caixin have a clear pension plan. Photo: VCG

The Shuitun job fair on the outskirts of Beijing was bustling with job-seekers even before the crack of dawn one April morning. Like many other job markets offering short-term employment across Beijing, it was packed with seniors. Mostly men, slightly hunched, dressed in dark clothes and trousers. They carried canvas bags with an assortment of tools, shovels, measuring rulers, and gloves. Women dressed more brightly. All have tanned faces, which are coarse and wrinkled. Their hands reveal years of toil: thick knuckles, hardened palms.

  [财新双语通产品,是为有双语需求读者专门订制的优惠产品, 按此可享超值优惠订阅。]

版面编辑:喻竹杨洋
财新私房课
好课推荐
财新微信