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3rd EU-China Civil Society Dialogue on Informal Work and Migration held in Bonn

From 12th -15th of November, CANGO, as an important project partner from China, was invited to attend the 3rd EU-China Civil Society Dialogue on Informal Work and Migration in Bonn, Germany. Project Coordinator Wang Lu attended the conference organized by the German Asia Foundation and the Institute for Civil Society of Sun Yat-Sen University. In total 54 Chinese and European participants from NGOs, research institutions, governments and the media attended the conference.
During the conference, 14 NGO representatives and labour market researchers gave the keynote speeches and led three working groups on topics like the global phenomenon of informalisation of work, the role of NGOs in social protection and welfare, and social effects of rural migration in China. Alexandra Wagner from the Research Center for International Labour Markets, for example, reported on the role of atypical work and migration in the European labour market, discussed the concept of “decent work” and the fundamental principles of the ILO. Professor Wan Xiangdong from Sun Yat-Sen University presented a case study he and his students plan to undertake, which concentrates on community service in a famous garment industry and retailing zone in Guangzhou. Wei Zusong of the Development Research Center of Guangdong Province, shared the research results about left-behind children in Guangdong and called for actions from civil society.
In the interactive sessions, the Chinese and European participants had opportunities for exchange and discussion, while they worked in the direction of cooperative project designs. The EU-China Civil Society Dialogue not only provides a platform for deeper communication between Chinese and European NGO activists in the domain of labour relations, in addition, the two selected follow-up projects will also facilitate a closer and long-term collaboration between NGOs in China and Europe.