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Jiani Song is a researcher at Beijing Yilian Legal Aid and Research Center of Labor, a local NGO committed to advancing labour rights and to improving labour law in China. Her research interests include internal migration, labour issues, and civil society in contemporary China.

Beijing Evictions, a Winter’s Tale

In response to a deadly fire in a Beijing neighbourhood inhabited mostly by migrant workers, the authorities of the Chinese capital launched an unprecedented wave of evictions. Without any notice, migrants who often had spent years in the capital were told to leave their habitations and relocate elsewhere in the midst of the freezing north-China winter. While foreign media widely reported on the unfolding of the crisis, they often overlooked the outpouring of outrage in Chinese public discourse. This essay seeks to fill this gap.

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