China: Citywide clean-up campaign after housing block fire forces thousands of migrants to leave Beijing, some companies provide support

Tens of thousands of migrant workers are being forced out of their homes in Beijing under a citywide clean-up campaign in the aftermath of a fire that killed over a dozen people... Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com has informed its migrant-worker couriers that the company will provide them with temporary housing and vehicles to move their belongings, if they have been displaced from their homes, according to a text message circulated online. And more than 100 Chinese intellectuals have signed a petition letter urging the Beijing government to stop using safety checks as an excuse to evict migrant workers from the city…

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26 November 2017

China: Some companies provide migrant workers with temporary housing and vehicles amid Beijing city's mass evictions of migrant workers as part of housing safety measures

Author: Zheping Huang, Quartz

"What you need to know about Beijing’s crackdown on its “low-end population”", 27 Nov 2017

Tens of thousands of migrant workers are being forced out of their homes in Beijing under a citywide clean-up campaign in the aftermath of a fire that killed over a dozen people…In response to the tragedy, the Beijing government…kicked off 40 days of citywide safety inspections, with a particular focus on warehouses, rental compounds, wholesale markets, and other constructions on the rural-urban fringes across Beijing. The campaign aims to demolish illegal dwellings on short notice, effectively leaving thousands of people living in Beijing’s outskirts homeless overnight. …

Nonprofits have swung into action to take in those who are forced out of their homes, but their voluntary services are mostly thwarted by police. Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com has informed its migrant-worker couriers that the company will provide them with temporary housing and vehicles to move their belongings, if they have been displaced from their homes, according to a text message circulated online. And more than 100 Chinese intellectuals have signed a petition letter urging the Beijing government to stop using safety checks as an excuse to evict migrant workers from the city…

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