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North Koreans seeking employment in China will be able to take advantage of the China’s new policy to grant 20,000 work visas to the citizens of North Korea to work legally in the Chinese provinces of Jilin, Liaoning and Heilongjiang.
The decision is most likely to curb the flow of illegal migrants from North Korea into China. The poor working conditions, lower employment opportunities, and comparatively lower average wages in North Korea, motivate the North Koreans to enter neighbouring Chinese provinces without completing the required paper work. China’s provinces Jilin and Liaoning share the common border with North Korea.
The small to mid-sized manufacturing and service industries in the three Chinese provinces will be hiring the North Korean employees paying an average of $150 per month. The typical pay of a worker in North Korea is $110 per month.
The decision to legally recruit 20,000 North Korean workers will allow the Chinese business to benefit from the cheap labour force from North Korea, while assisting in Chinese government’s plan to stem the illegal migration at the same time.
The North Korean workers will ease the pressure on the Chinese businesses and industries caused by the shortage of labours.
Chinese government launched a 100-days clamp down campaign recently in the Beijing area to remove the illegal migrants and punish the Chinese employers and residents involved in hiring or providing residents to such migrants. The migrants were asked to keep their passports with them in case the police ask to show the document.
The move to allow legal North Korean workers is expected to provide some financial cushioning to survive the continuing global sanctions imposed on Kim Jong-un regime.
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