Sound's like we are not the only country with this problem, unique article on China's illegal immigration issue......very good article
"As illegals, the Vietnamese are willing to accept salaries well below the minimum wage and are not protected by the Labor Contract Law. Moreover,
their similar appearance allows them to blend in easily with native workers to avoid detection by Guangdong police.
The minimum wage for a low-level factory worker in the Pearl River Delta is reportedly around 1,800 yuan per month, with - thanks to the labor law -
double overtime pay after eight hours of work and triple pay on holidays. But factory owners can hire unskilled Vietnamese labor for as little as
1,000 yuan a month while escaping overtime and holiday pay as well as other benefits now guaranteed to Chinese workers. They can also hire Vietnamese
employees during peak season and fire them in low season without offering the severance pay to which Chinese workers would be entitled.
Thus, factory owners are understandably pleased with the deluge of illegal migrants seeking work in Guangdong; some even pay people smugglers to bring
workers to their factories. As for the illegal workers, mostly farmers from Vietnam, they are happy to have a job that pays more than anything they
could find at home.
Indeed, so agreeable is this illicit meeting of supply and demand in Guangdong that a number of Chinese academics have called on the government to
allow foreign laborers to work in China. So far, these calls have been ignored.
Instead, Guangdong police claim to be cracking down on illegal labor. According to the official Xinhua News Agency, last year provincial police
deported 180 foreigners who did not have valid work permits. So far this year, 53 illegal migrants from Vietnam have been arrested in Guangxi as they
traveled on a bus toward Guangdong, and 66 others were seized on another bus in the Guangdong city of Zhuhai. Police also said they discovered 24
illegal Vietnamese workers in plastics factory in another Guangdong city, Qingyuan.
But these modest arrests no doubt represent only a drop in the bucket of illegal immigration in the Pearl River Delta".
Kent Ewing is a Hong Kong-based teacher and writer. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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