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Center opens its doors to lonely migrant workers

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Chen Weiquan started living an "extremely lonely" life after he came to work as a production line operator at a factory in the Qingxin industrial park this year. The 21-year-old is a migrant worker from Hunan province.

"I have no friends or relatives to talk to. And all the workers at the factory made fun of me because I'm short," Chen said.

Often Chen would sleep in the factory's dormitory for fear of returning to his camp where he would be laughed at. But things changed recently when he became a volunteer at a new social work education and development center, which opened in the industrial park late last month.

"I have made a lot of friends at the center. Life is much better," said a smiling Chen.

The center aims to help migrant workers better integrate into society, with free counseling and emotional support, said Li Tao, chief coordinator of the Beijing-based Culture and Communications Center for Facilitators (CCCF). It is the country's first company-sponsored non-governmental organization located within an industrial park.

The CCCF and Flextronics, a Singapore-based electronics manufacturer, together opened the center in the Qingxin industrial park.

"Migrant workers need a lot of emotional support and help from social work organizations, which usually work within residential communities. That's why we set up the center inside the industrial park," Li said.

More than 100,000 migrant workers earn their income at the Qingxin industrial park, situated in Doumen district of Zhuhai, Li said.

"They (migrant workers) face major psychological problems, even more since the financial crisis struck, killing jobs everywhere.

"A number of workers feel insecure about their future in cities, with news of frequent layoffs amid the downturn."

Li said the center was a platform for migrant workers to interact and exchange their ideas about work and life. "It breaks their loneliness and gives their confidence a boost."

The center, which now has 50 employees and 20 volunteers, also aims to provide technical and language training services for migrant workers. Guangdong, one of the major economic hubs of south China, has over 30 million migrant workers, more than any other province in the country.


1. What is the name of the industrial park where more than 10,000 migrant workers earn their income?

2. Which two companies opened the center?

3. What province has more migrant workers than any other in the country?


1. Qingxin industrial park.

2. Culture and Communications Center for Facilitators (CCCF) and Flextronics.

3. Guangdong.

(英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Center opens its doors to lonely migrant workers

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Center opens its doors to lonely migrant workers

Nancy Matos is a foreign expert at China Daily Website. Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Nancy is a graduate of the Broadcast Journalism and Media program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Her journalism career in broadcast and print has taken her around the world from New York to Portugal and now Beijing. Nancy is happy to make the move to China and join the China Daily team.