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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

China's migrant workers return home after quake

When Sichuan was hit by the unprecendented earthquake, many migrant workers took the road to reach & help their families & friends, who often where more than 25 hours away by bus.

Sichuan is China's second most populous province and one of its poorest. Its biggest export is migrant workers — 11 million of them, or 13 percent of its 87.5 million population. They provide much of the muscle for China's economic transformation, filling jobs in manufacturing, construction, and coal mines around the country. Now, so many need money to rebuild homes that even more are likely to join the migrant exodus.

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