Journal article

Ethnic Migrant Workers and Emerging Ethnic Division in China's Urban Labor Market

Jiaping Wu, Mark YL Wang

ASIAN AND PACIFIC MIGRATION JOURNAL | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2012

Abstract

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 ethn..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC)


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was conducted with financial support from the Australian Research Council (ARC Project DP0880244). We thank our local research assistants: Luo, Yongchang; Long, Burning; Wang, He and Wu, Fangmin for their local knowledge and time. We are grateful to the migrant workers for their cooperation. Comments from the two reviewers were helpful.