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China's migrant workers

<p>A migrant worker carries his bag as he heads towards Shanghai Train Station while soldiers stand in a line to keep order outside the station January 28, 2008. REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

A migrant worker carries his bag as he heads towards Shanghai Train Station while soldiers stand in a line to keep order outside the station January 28, 2008. REUTERS/Nir Elias

A migrant worker carries his bag as he heads towards Shanghai Train Station while soldiers stand in a line to keep order outside the station January 28, 2008. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>Migrant laborers work at a construction site in downtown Shanghai October 22, 2009.  REUTERS/Aly Song </p>

Migrant laborers work at a construction site in downtown Shanghai October 22, 2009. REUTERS/Aly Song

Migrant laborers work at a construction site in downtown Shanghai October 22, 2009. REUTERS/Aly Song

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<p>Migrant workers from China's Hebei province rest near a red wall beside the Tiananmen Square in Beijing on National Day,October 1, 2007.  REUTERS/Jason Lee </p>

Migrant workers from China's Hebei province rest near a red wall beside the Tiananmen Square in Beijing on National Day,October 1, 2007. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Migrant workers from China's Hebei province rest near a red wall beside the Tiananmen Square in Beijing on National Day,October 1, 2007. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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<p>A passenger boards a train through a window at a railway station in Changzhi, Shanxi province January 8, 2009. Railway stations across China have been encountering an early travel rush as millions of migrant workers return home for the Spring Festival holiday, according to China Daily. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A passenger boards a train through a window at a railway station in Changzhi, Shanxi province January 8, 2009. Railway stations across China have been encountering an early travel rush as millions of migrant workers return home for the Spring...more

A passenger boards a train through a window at a railway station in Changzhi, Shanxi province January 8, 2009. Railway stations across China have been encountering an early travel rush as millions of migrant workers return home for the Spring Festival holiday, according to China Daily. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A migrant construction worker from Henan province poses for a photo as he renovates a house in downtown Shanghai July 17, 2008. REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

A migrant construction worker from Henan province poses for a photo as he renovates a house in downtown Shanghai July 17, 2008. REUTERS/Nir Elias

A migrant construction worker from Henan province poses for a photo as he renovates a house in downtown Shanghai July 17, 2008. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>Hundreds of migrant workers watch an open-air movie near a construction site in Beijing June 6, 2007. REUTERS/Jason Lee </p>

Hundreds of migrant workers watch an open-air movie near a construction site in Beijing June 6, 2007. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Hundreds of migrant workers watch an open-air movie near a construction site in Beijing June 6, 2007. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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<p>Migrant workers are seen at Measurement Specialties (China) Ltd., a global designer and manufacturer of sensors and sensor-based systems offering custom designs for OEM applications, in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen in Guangdong province April 3, 2009. REUTERS/Bobby Yip </p>

Migrant workers are seen at Measurement Specialties (China) Ltd., a global designer and manufacturer of sensors and sensor-based systems offering custom designs for OEM applications, in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen in Guangdong province...more

Migrant workers are seen at Measurement Specialties (China) Ltd., a global designer and manufacturer of sensors and sensor-based systems offering custom designs for OEM applications, in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen in Guangdong province April 3, 2009. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

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<p>A migrant worker installs scaffoldings at a construction site in Guangzhou, Guangdong province March 11, 2010. REUTERS/Joe Tan </p>

A migrant worker installs scaffoldings at a construction site in Guangzhou, Guangdong province March 11, 2010. REUTERS/Joe Tan

A migrant worker installs scaffoldings at a construction site in Guangzhou, Guangdong province March 11, 2010. REUTERS/Joe Tan

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<p>Migrant labourers work at a construction site near Hongqiao Airport in Shanghai April 28, 2009. REUTERS/Aly Song </p>

Migrant labourers work at a construction site near Hongqiao Airport in Shanghai April 28, 2009. REUTERS/Aly Song

Migrant labourers work at a construction site near Hongqiao Airport in Shanghai April 28, 2009. REUTERS/Aly Song

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<p>Migrant construction workers from Jiangsu province play cards as another climbs to his bed after a night shift in a construction site in Shanghai March 6, 2008. REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

Migrant construction workers from Jiangsu province play cards as another climbs to his bed after a night shift in a construction site in Shanghai March 6, 2008. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Migrant construction workers from Jiangsu province play cards as another climbs to his bed after a night shift in a construction site in Shanghai March 6, 2008. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>A migrant construction worker checks his mobile phone outside his dormitory after a working shift at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 construction site in Shanghai April 15, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

A migrant construction worker checks his mobile phone outside his dormitory after a working shift at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 construction site in Shanghai April 15, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

A migrant construction worker checks his mobile phone outside his dormitory after a working shift at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 construction site in Shanghai April 15, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>Migrant construction workers prepare foundations for a new building project in the suburbs of Shanghai March 6, 2008. REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

Migrant construction workers prepare foundations for a new building project in the suburbs of Shanghai March 6, 2008. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Migrant construction workers prepare foundations for a new building project in the suburbs of Shanghai March 6, 2008. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>A painting of the late Chinese leader Mao Zedong leans against a wall on top of a pile of items for recycling as a migrant worker reads a newspaper next to it on a street in Shanghai July 15, 2008.  REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

A painting of the late Chinese leader Mao Zedong leans against a wall on top of a pile of items for recycling as a migrant worker reads a newspaper next to it on a street in Shanghai July 15, 2008. REUTERS/Nir Elias

A painting of the late Chinese leader Mao Zedong leans against a wall on top of a pile of items for recycling as a migrant worker reads a newspaper next to it on a street in Shanghai July 15, 2008. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>A migrant worker adjusts the antenna to get a better reception of the live television broadcast of the parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in Beijing, at their dormitory in Hefei, Anhui province October 1, 2009. REUTERS/Jianan Yu </p>

A migrant worker adjusts the antenna to get a better reception of the live television broadcast of the parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in Beijing, at their dormitory in Hefei, Anhui province...more

A migrant worker adjusts the antenna to get a better reception of the live television broadcast of the parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in Beijing, at their dormitory in Hefei, Anhui province October 1, 2009. REUTERS/Jianan Yu

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<p>Migrant workers walk past containers serving as their accommodations near a construction site in Hefei, Anhui province, September 2, 2009. REUTERS/Jianan Yu </p>

Migrant workers walk past containers serving as their accommodations near a construction site in Hefei, Anhui province, September 2, 2009. REUTERS/Jianan Yu

Migrant workers walk past containers serving as their accommodations near a construction site in Hefei, Anhui province, September 2, 2009. REUTERS/Jianan Yu

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<p>Wang, a 70 year old unemployed farmer from Naiyang Tang he, Henan province, poses for a photograph as he sits on his belongings at a make-shift labor market in Zhengzhou April 9, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias/Sharron Lovell </p>

Wang, a 70 year old unemployed farmer from Naiyang Tang he, Henan province, poses for a photograph as he sits on his belongings at a make-shift labor market in Zhengzhou April 9, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias/Sharron Lovell

Wang, a 70 year old unemployed farmer from Naiyang Tang he, Henan province, poses for a photograph as he sits on his belongings at a make-shift labor market in Zhengzhou April 9, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias/Sharron Lovell

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<p>Yu Ying Shu, a 55 year old unemployed nurse from Xi Ping Xie, Henan province, poses for a photograph with a hand made sign read "Proffesion, Hospital and family nursing ", at a make-shift labor market in Zhengzhou April 9, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias/Sharron Lovell </p>

Yu Ying Shu, a 55 year old unemployed nurse from Xi Ping Xie, Henan province, poses for a photograph with a hand made sign read "Proffesion, Hospital and family nursing ", at a make-shift labor market in Zhengzhou April 9, 2009. REUTERS/Nir...more

Yu Ying Shu, a 55 year old unemployed nurse from Xi Ping Xie, Henan province, poses for a photograph with a hand made sign read "Proffesion, Hospital and family nursing ", at a make-shift labor market in Zhengzhou April 9, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias/Sharron Lovell

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<p>Jiang Chun Lian (R), a 35 year old unemployed from Shandong province, and Yan Qin Hua (L) 40 year old from Naiyang in Henan province, pose for a photograph at a make-shift labour market in Zhengzhou April 9, 2009. Jiang and Yan both say they would do any kind of job at the moment.  REUTERS/Nir Elias/Sharron Lovell </p>

Jiang Chun Lian (R), a 35 year old unemployed from Shandong province, and Yan Qin Hua (L) 40 year old from Naiyang in Henan province, pose for a photograph at a make-shift labour market in Zhengzhou April 9, 2009. Jiang and Yan both say they would do...more

Jiang Chun Lian (R), a 35 year old unemployed from Shandong province, and Yan Qin Hua (L) 40 year old from Naiyang in Henan province, pose for a photograph at a make-shift labour market in Zhengzhou April 9, 2009. Jiang and Yan both say they would do any kind of job at the moment. REUTERS/Nir Elias/Sharron Lovell

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<p>Zhao Shui Xie, a 57 year old unemployed chef from Naiyang, Henan province, poses for a photograph at a make-shift labor market in Zhengzhou, Henan province, April 9, 2009. REUTERS/ Nir Elias/Sharron Lovell </p>

Zhao Shui Xie, a 57 year old unemployed chef from Naiyang, Henan province, poses for a photograph at a make-shift labor market in Zhengzhou, Henan province, April 9, 2009. REUTERS/ Nir Elias/Sharron Lovell

Zhao Shui Xie, a 57 year old unemployed chef from Naiyang, Henan province, poses for a photograph at a make-shift labor market in Zhengzhou, Henan province, April 9, 2009. REUTERS/ Nir Elias/Sharron Lovell

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<p>Migrant workers pose for a wedding photo at a demolished site in Chongqing municipality October 31, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

Migrant workers pose for a wedding photo at a demolished site in Chongqing municipality October 31, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer

Migrant workers pose for a wedding photo at a demolished site in Chongqing municipality October 31, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Migrant workers flock to get free condoms during an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign ahead of World AIDS day at a construction site in Lanzhou, Gansu province November 28, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

Migrant workers flock to get free condoms during an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign ahead of World AIDS day at a construction site in Lanzhou, Gansu province November 28, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

Migrant workers flock to get free condoms during an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign ahead of World AIDS day at a construction site in Lanzhou, Gansu province November 28, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A migrant worker eats lunch near a construction site in Beijing March 7, 2008. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV</p>

A migrant worker eats lunch near a construction site in Beijing March 7, 2008. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV

A migrant worker eats lunch near a construction site in Beijing March 7, 2008. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV

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<p>A Chinese woman gets her roller skates at the counter of the Xinxiang roller skating rink in Shanghai January 19, 2010. The rink is mostly frequented by young migrant workers, who view roller disco as one of their few affordable recreational activities while working in big commercial cities like Shanghai. REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

A Chinese woman gets her roller skates at the counter of the Xinxiang roller skating rink in Shanghai January 19, 2010. The rink is mostly frequented by young migrant workers, who view roller disco as one of their few affordable recreational...more

A Chinese woman gets her roller skates at the counter of the Xinxiang roller skating rink in Shanghai January 19, 2010. The rink is mostly frequented by young migrant workers, who view roller disco as one of their few affordable recreational activities while working in big commercial cities like Shanghai. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>An 80-year-old barber washes the hair of a migrant worker customer at his outdoor shop in downtown Shanghai July 17, 2008. REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

An 80-year-old barber washes the hair of a migrant worker customer at his outdoor shop in downtown Shanghai July 17, 2008. REUTERS/Nir Elias

An 80-year-old barber washes the hair of a migrant worker customer at his outdoor shop in downtown Shanghai July 17, 2008. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>A migrant construction worker (R) checks his mobile phone as an office worker speaks on his mobile phone in a shopping area in downtown Shanghai January 19, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

A migrant construction worker (R) checks his mobile phone as an office worker speaks on his mobile phone in a shopping area in downtown Shanghai January 19, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

A migrant construction worker (R) checks his mobile phone as an office worker speaks on his mobile phone in a shopping area in downtown Shanghai January 19, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>A job seeker looks for work at the near deserted Xintiandi employment center, in Songgang town, Shenzhen January 22, 2010.  REUTERS/James Pomfret </p>

A job seeker looks for work at the near deserted Xintiandi employment center, in Songgang town, Shenzhen January 22, 2010. REUTERS/James Pomfret

A job seeker looks for work at the near deserted Xintiandi employment center, in Songgang town, Shenzhen January 22, 2010. REUTERS/James Pomfret

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<p>A migrant construction worker cleans the exterior of the "Sunny Valley", a structure to harness solar energy, at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo site in Shanghai, January 6, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias</p>

A migrant construction worker cleans the exterior of the "Sunny Valley", a structure to harness solar energy, at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo site in Shanghai, January 6, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

A migrant construction worker cleans the exterior of the "Sunny Valley", a structure to harness solar energy, at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo site in Shanghai, January 6, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>A migrant labourer works at a construction site near the Chinese Pavilion at the Shanghai 2010 Expo site June 11, 2009. REUTERS/Aly Song </p>

A migrant labourer works at a construction site near the Chinese Pavilion at the Shanghai 2010 Expo site June 11, 2009. REUTERS/Aly Song

A migrant labourer works at a construction site near the Chinese Pavilion at the Shanghai 2010 Expo site June 11, 2009. REUTERS/Aly Song

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<p>A migrant worker rests at a workshop of a cement plant in Yingtan, Jiangxi province April 2, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A migrant worker rests at a workshop of a cement plant in Yingtan, Jiangxi province April 2, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

A migrant worker rests at a workshop of a cement plant in Yingtan, Jiangxi province April 2, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Migrant worker families of Mengcheng county in Anhui prepare dinner at self-built shelters near the construction site where they work in Hefei, Anhui province May 18, 2009. REUTERS/Jianan Yu </p>

Migrant worker families of Mengcheng county in Anhui prepare dinner at self-built shelters near the construction site where they work in Hefei, Anhui province May 18, 2009. REUTERS/Jianan Yu

Migrant worker families of Mengcheng county in Anhui prepare dinner at self-built shelters near the construction site where they work in Hefei, Anhui province May 18, 2009. REUTERS/Jianan Yu

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