Case Studies and Success Stories, Reports

Experiences of forced labour among Chinese migrant workers

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Joseph Rowntree Foundation

The economic boom and political conditions in China have led to many Chinese migrating to work in the UK. They often end up working long hours in poor conditions for pay well below the minimum wage.
This study examined the experiences of 32 migrant Chinese workers, mostly working in Chinese catering and hospitality businesses.
The report:
– outlines patterns of migration for work from China to the UK;
– explores the complex relationship between migration, work and family;
– reveals the range of exploitation (from decent work to forced labour) to describe the working conditions and patterns of employment of Chinese migrant workers in the UK;
– considers what makes low-skilled migrant workers from China vulnerable to forced labour; and
– dentifies what actions could be taken by government, civil society organisations, trade unions and employers

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