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China’s economic slowdown pulls more of the country’s migrant workers back to their hometowns, where incomes are lower

2 weeks ago
Sky Canaves
s China's economy slows down, some of the nation's 277 million migrant workers are returning to their rural homes, hurting their incomes. Employees of state-owned enterprises and other larger firms are also facing stagnant or lower wages, underemployment and less job security.
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.