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Ethnic migrant workers and emerging ethnic division in China’s urban labor market

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Jiaping Wu, M Wang
China’s market transition has become a powerful integrative force, increasing social and economic interaction between the Han Chinese and ethnic minorities, by drawing various ethnic migrant workers into the urban labor market. In this article, we explore the ethnic dimension of migration and labor market dynamics, and compare wage earnings between ethnic minority and Han migrant workers in Kaili City in the Guizhou Province of China.The finding suggests that the labor market transition has increasingly put ethnic migrant workers at a disadvantage in the urban labor market in terms of wage earnings. With the economic restructuring from the 1990s to recent years, the earning gap between ethnic minority and Han migrant workers has widened. The study finds that the labor market experiences and outcomes of ethnic minority and Han migrant workers are quite similar.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

21

Issue

4

Start Page

483

End Page

507

Number of Pages

25

ISSN

0117-1968

Location

Philippines

Publisher

Scalabrini Migration Center

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education; Not affiliated to a Research Institute; University of Melbourne;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Asian and Pacific migration journal.

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