Rural workers apply for work at Foxconn in urban China
Job seekers from the countryside arrive on the edge of Chongqing city to apply for work at the Foxconn factory.
The workers, mostly children of farmers, are part of a generation that is quickly urbanizing.
They are being picked up at the light rail station for interview at Apple's contract factory. If they succeed, they would land jobs making Apple products including the iPhone.
Foxconn hit the news last year when it was rocked by a series of workers' suicide.
China is pushing ahead with a dramatic, history-making plan to move 100 million rural residents into towns and cities between 2014 and 2020 — but without a clear idea of how to pay for the gargantuan undertaking or whether the farmers involved want to move.
Moving farmers to urban areas is touted as a way of changing China’s economic structure, with growth based on domestic demand for products instead of exporting them. In theory, new urbanites mean vast new opportunities for construction firms, public transportation, utilities and appliance makers, and a break from the cycle of farmers consuming only what they produce.
Urbanization has already proven to be one of the most wrenching changes in China’s 35 years of economic reforms. Land disputes rising from urbanization account for tens of thousands of protests each year.
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