Chinese overseas workers: it’s difficult to support a family

With the Chinese increasing overseas investment, more and more Chinese people go to work overseas. On one hand, overseas salary is several times or dozens of times higher, and people will have more “face” and can “show off” their experience, all these attract Chinese especially young people in rural areas, working overseas has become their mode to “become rich”; on the other hand, facing the complex international and regional situation, these international labors` safety and life lack security, at the same time they suffer from their all kinds of uprooted bitterness. Their families, wives and children have to wait in their home and worry about them…

Africa, where China has emerged as a major funder of infrastructure projects, is growing particularly attractive for migrant workers seeking to earn good money. But the work does not go without its share of risks. The picture shows the February 2, 2012,Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, a Chinese worker is installing scaffold.

The picture shows the February 2, 2012,Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, a Chinese worker in is measuring the size.

The picture shows the February 2, 2012,Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, a Chinese worker is building wall.

The picture shows the February 2, 2012, Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, a worker is carrying iron panel.

The picture shows the February 2, 2012,Khartoum, Sudanese capital, a Chinese worker is preparing meal in the kitchen.

February 2, 2012, a Chinese worker employed by China Resources Group in Guineais working on project of upgrading power grids. Like many African countries, hundreds of Chinese workers work in Bata and form a unique group.

February 2, 2012, Chinese workers in Guinea.

January 31, 2012, in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, workers of China Resources Group come back to the dormitory for meal after work.

January 31, 2012,Bata, Equatorial Guinea, Chinese workers are having meals in the dorm. These workers spend little money in foreign countries, they save the money and send back home to build houses. Their villages are just like many others in China with only children women and the elderly left behind.

Liujiazhuang Village is a small village in Hebei Province, south of Beijing, there remained in the village only women and the elderly. Many people in the village have gone to work overseas, such as South Korea, Mauritania, Sudan, Israel and other countries, with annual income of 7900 to $ 11,000.

February 3,2012 in Liujiazhuang village, women are chatting outside the shop.

February 3, 2012, Liujiazhuang Jing Liying`s husband work in Cameroon and two sons work on construction sites in Singapore.

February 3, 2012, Liujiazhuang, a child is standing in front of a house which was built with the money sent back by overseas migrant workers.

February 3, 2012, Liujiazhuang Xi Guolu is sitting in the bed, his son is working the construction site in Algeria, and his house was built with the money sent back by his son.

February 3, 2012, Liujiazhuang, Gu Tingjian once worked in Singapore and the UAE, he is sunning himself outside the house.

February 3, 2012, Liujiazhuang, Guo Zhangyong built a pig farm after working overseas.

February 3, 2012, Liujiazhuang, Guo Zhangyong`s pig farm. “Earn money, build houses, set up factory, and change minds”. In many young people’s minds working abroad has become a get-rich mode.

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