Emerging from several decades of socialist central planning, China and Vietnam have come to be known as the factories of the world. Lesser known is the fact that the millions of people staffing these factories are largely rural migrants, and even lesser known is that the welfare systems of these countries are unraveling like never before. Despite deepening privatization, public welfare programs have been expanding alongside diverse forms of non-state provisions. WelfareStruggles comparatively examines the moral politics underlining the ways in which the migrant labor force is being cared for in the two countries by focusing on the welfare of the migrant factory workers and their families.
This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon research and innovation program (grant agreement No 803614). It has a total fund of 1.5 million Euro and will last 5 years (2019-2024).