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Human Toll Of China’s Water Crisis

February 7, 2009

China now suffers through what many climateologist call a “Fifty Year Drought.” 

Often we get bogged down in descriptions of crop loss, wells, lakes, the cost of whet.

But there is a very human side to the drought in China and just now China is staring to energize to address this catastrophe.

China will spend $12 billion to help wheat-growing communities across the country’s northern region survive their worst drought in five decades, state media reported Saturday.

Some 4.3 million people now face a water distress and 2.1 million head of livestock are short of water.  Crops are dead or dying and a real economic disaster is at hand for as many as 30 million Chinese people.

China already has 2-26 million unemployed migrant workers due to the global economic downturn.  Many of those went home to the farming commuities now in the middle of the water crisis.

China’s  Finance Ministry has allocated 86.7 billion yuan ($12.69 billion) from its reserve for local governments to distribute in drought-stricken regions as soon as possible, Xinhua News Agency reported.

The drought that started in November threatens almost half of the wheat crop in the eight provinces — Hebei, Shanxi, Anhui, Jiangsu, Henan, Shandong, Shaanxi and Gansu, Xinhua said.


China’s Water Crisis


Nancy Pelosi Says 500 Million Americans Lose Jobs Every Month…?

February 4, 2009

Now we know why Nancy Pelosi favors birth control and abortion: she said that 500 million Americans lose their jobs every onth….


White House Encouraged Dems To Fight Pelosi on Stimulus

 China Jobless Migrants: 26 Million; U.S. Unemployed Maybe 11 Million

China Jobless Migrants: 26 Million; U.S. Unemployed Maybe 11 Million

February 2, 2009

China now has between 20 and 26 unemployed migrants.

The population of China is about 1.3 Billion.  The U.S. population is about 0.3  Billion or 300 Million.

Many workers left their jobs last week to return home for the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival with no plans to return to the factories.

Their jobs are gone.

China fears social unrest with such a large and growing mob of unemployed, and is working a complex package of new job training and stimulus…


China’s economic downturn has now cost the jobs of 20 million of the migrant workers whose labour fuels the country’s vast export industry and a monthly survey has showed employers are cutting staff at the fastest rate since 2004.

But the Communist Party leadership, anxious about social unrest and determined to maintain the higher living standards people have become used to in the last decade, revealed it has pumped up public spending to restart the economy and early indicators showed the decline may be slowing.

Premier Wen Jiabao, on an official visit to London, said the world’s third-largest economy was stabilising after a sharp slowdown in the second half of 2008. He told the Financial Times in an interview: “During the last 10 days of December it started to get better.”

Chen Xiwen, a top adviser to the Party on policies for China’s 750-million-strong farming population, said official surveys found about 15.3 percent of the total migrant labour pool working in cities – some 20 million people — had returned jobless to the countryside. That compared with earlier figures that said 10 million lost their jobs last year.

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From AP

An estimated 26 million desperately poor rural Chinese are jobless after pinning their hopes on factory jobs that dried up due to the global economic slowdown, an official said Monday, noting that widespread unemployment could threaten the country’s social stability.

The figures were announced one day after Beijing warned of “possibly the toughest year” since the turn of the century, calling for development of agriculture and rural areas to offset the economic fallout. Though many Chinese cities have seen double-digit growth in recent years, the countryside has lagged far behind, forcing peasants to seek urban factory jobs churning out goods that are sold around the world.

But a recent government survey showed that slightly more than 15 percent of China‘s estimated 130 million migrant workers have returned to their hometowns and are now unemployed, said Chen Xiwen, director of the Central Rural Work Leading Group, a central government advisory body. Another 5 or 6 million new migrants enter the work force each year, he added.

“So, if we put those figures together, we have roughly 25 to 26 million rural migrant workers who are now coming under pressures for employment,” he said. “So from that perspective, ensuring job creation and maintenance is ensuring the stability of the countryside.”

In comparison, the U.S. unemployment rate climbed to a 16-year high of 7.2 percent in December, meaning about 11.1 million Americans are without jobs, or less than half the number of unemployed migrants in China.

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Japan To Jobless Immigrants: Just Go Home; Global “Reverse Migration”

January 23, 2009

As the global economy continues to worsen , and more people are unemployed, a kind of reverse migration has started.

Chinse migrants that have traveled for decades to far away jobs are leaving places where jobs no longer exists and heading into the countryised where they were born.

“This is no longer home.  This was my parents home was.  But there is no job for me anywhere else.  So I come back home,” said Qang Le.

In Japan, immigrats not born in Japan are being told to “just go home” when they lose their jobs.

Hundreds of millions of people are now starting a kind a new migration, some experts say.


From UPI:

Some immigrants in Japan say they are leaving for their homelands because of the impact the economic crisis has had on the Asian country.


Brazilian national Paulino Onuma said his family of four is relocating from Japan to Brazil after he and his wife lost their jobs, The Washington Post (NYSE:WPO) said Friday.

“We have no desire to go home,” Onuma, 29, said. “We are only going back because of the situation.”

“The feeling of the city is that if foreigners have lost their jobs, then they should leave the country,” fellow Brazilian immigrant Kooji Horinouti said of the situation in the Japanese city of Ueda.

The Japanese government has actually begun implementing programs designed to help jobless immigrants remain in Japan despite the economic downturn, the Post reported.

Japan Immigration Policy Institute director Hidenori Sakanaka told the newspaper that marks a drastic change in standard policy.

“Japan has a long history of rejecting foreign residents who try to settle here,” he said. “Normally, the response of the government would have been to encourage these jobless people to just go home.”

China’s jobless migrants go home early for holiday

January 8, 2009

Some hefted their luggage on bamboo shoulder poles. Others carried their things in plastic buckets. All were migrant workers hurrying to get home Thursday before China‘s Lunar New Year festival — a holiday that triggers one of the world’s biggest annual migrations of humans.

Although the celebration is more than two weeks away, the travelers had to get an early start in a country where 188 million people — more than the population of Russia — were expected to squeeze onto trains during the hectic season.

Many workers were forced to go home even earlier this year because their factories went belly up or their assembly lines were idle amid the global economic crisis.

By WILLIAM FOREMAN, Associated Press Writer

A migrant worker nears the train station in Guangzhou, southern ... 
A migrant worker nears the train station in Guangzhou, southern China’s Guangdong province, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009. Some 188 million Chinese are expected to squeeze onto China’s train network in the coming weeks to return home for the Chinese Lunar New Year.(AP Photo/William Foreman)

“Last year, I went back home five or six days before the holiday started. This year, I’m going back about 20 days earlier,” said migrant Huang Mingren as he waited for his train.

For Huang and many others, the trip begins at the crowded station in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province, often called the world’s factory floor because it’s China’s key manufacturing base. This is where a huge number of China’s 160 million migrant workers churn out Nike shoes, iPods and Nokia mobile phones.

“Lots of factories have been closing. The toy factory I was working at is about to go under, so the boss just told us to leave early,” added Huang, a wiry 32-year-old native of central Hunan province.

Many migrants also hit the road early because they were worried about the weather. Last year, ice storms paralyzed the transport system in southern China during the peak holiday season, forcing millions to delay or cancel their plans. About 200,000 were stranded at Guangzhou’s station and spent nights outside in a freezing drizzle.

Economic Slowdown Already Sees 600,000 Chinese Migrants Relocate

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China’s Toymakers: No Joy This Holiday

December 25, 2008

Claims of lead-based paint and a disaster in world-wide economic conditions has slammed Santa’s Toyland: China.


In Dongguan, where many of Santa’s gifts are really made, nearly half of the 3,800 toy factories have closed or plan to. That’s left a vast number of workers, mostly migrants, without jobs.
By Barbara Demick
The Los Angeles Times
December 25, 2008
Reporting from Dongguan, China — Growing up in the Chinese countryside with only an elementary school education, Yang Yanjun had never heard of Christmas until she landed a job painting pink-cheeked cherubs to decorate trees.

But Christmas proved to be a miraculous holiday that would utterly transform her life. Over a decade, she worked in factories producing ornaments and toys that foreign children were told came from Santa’s workshops. She earned up to $200 a month, unimaginable riches that allowed her to build a house for her family back home.

Keeping the spirit alive 
Jobless Chinese toymakers turned vendors.  Photo by  Barbara Demick, The Los Angeles Times
China Faces Social Unrest As Up To 150 Million Migrants Go Home Without Work

China’s Slowing Growth, Unemployment Leads Toward Social Unrest

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