Dec 21 2009

Chinese labor in Africa: a question of fairness

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The importation of Chinese workers into Africa — from manual laborers to engineers — causes teeth-gnashing and complaining but so far few legal or policy reactions. Yet across Asia, the practice of Chinese companies bringing their own labor to the job site, especially construction sites, is sparking a backlash. In general, governments in Asia are much more willing to protect their national interests than governments in Africa, even when the interests at stake rest with laboring classes. As more Chinese workers sink roots in Africa, the complacent official response will be tested since ordinary Africans will want to know why the Chinese must favor their own workers over the people living in the very markets that Chinese companies and the Chinese state seek to profit from.

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