The central government last week indicated its concern about workers, urging greater help for rural poor and migrants, including extending unemployment benefits to them for the first time.
But Crothall said such benefits are so low and difficult to obtain that they are “really not going to help”.
But other measures are on the table.
Apparently fearing a backlash, the central government has ordered cities to make it easier for migrants to obtain residency where they work, opening access to local social services like schooling and medical care.
Until then, life is on hold for Wei, who had hoped to earn enough to marry soon but returned this week to Shandong, still jobless.
“If I still can’t find a job or salaries are low, it will definitely affect my ability to marry, and I’ll be worried.”
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