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Jun 01, 2022 05:34 PM
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In Depth: Millions of China’s Migrant Workers Find Themselves Shunned in Old Age

Few of the dozens of workers interviewed by Caixin have a clear pension plan. Photo: VCG
Few of the dozens of workers interviewed by Caixin have a clear pension plan. Photo: VCG

The Shuitun job fair on the outskirts of Beijing was bustling with job-seekers even before the crack of dawn one April morning. Like many other job markets offering short-term employment across Beijing, it was packed with seniors. Mostly men, slightly hunched, dressed in dark clothes and trousers. They carried canvas bags with an assortment of tools, shovels, measuring rulers, and gloves. Women dressed more brightly. All have tanned faces, which are coarse and wrinkled. Their hands reveal years of toil: thick knuckles, hardened palms.

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