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People`s Republic of China. Internal migrants: Discrimination and abuse. The human cost of an economic `miracle`

March 2007, 42 p.

The millions of migrant labourers who are fuelling China`s economic growth are treated as an urban underclass, according to a new report by Amnesty International. Despite recent reforms, they are shut out of the health care system and state education, live in appalling, overcrowded conditions and are routinely exposed to some of the most exploitative working conditions.

International legal standards and China`s hukou system as a foundation of discrimination and violations of the right to equality
Employment discrimination against internal migrants and denial of just and favourable conditions of work
Shut out of health care
Denial of the right to education: discrimination against migrant children
Reform of the hukou system
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Amnesty International