What is Beijing’s ‘low-end population’? A video explainer


Beijing is a bustling metropolis. But in the aftermath of a deadly fire last year, the government is moving out many of the migrants that help keep the city humming. The internet calls them the “low-end population” (低端人口 dī duān rénkǒu): They’re migrants at the bottom of Beijing’s social ladder, living for years in the outer rings of the city, crowded into often less-than-legal dwellings, and commuting long distances to work jobs in construction and manufacturing.