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Chinese migrant workers and primitive accumulation of capital

Migration A–Z

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  1. Peter Kwong

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm589

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Kwong, P. 2013. Chinese migrant workers and primitive accumulation of capital. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

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  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

For the past 30 or so years, from 1978 to 2011, China has maintained an average annual growth rate of 9.5 percent to become the second-largest economy in the world. It has now surpassed the United States as the world's largest exporter and manufacturer. In the process, it has been transformed from an agricultural society to a thriving manufacturing economy, with the share of nonagricultural employment increasing from 31 percent in 1980 to 60 percent in 2008.

Keywords:

  • Asia;
  • labor;
  • labor supply;
  • capitalism;
  • immigration