How did the cockle pickers get from Fujian province to Morecambe Bay?

This article spells out the complex issues that force so many Chinese immigrants from Fujian province to seek self-betterment abroad, despite significant risks. The human smugglers and gangmasters are only a part of the story. Economic conditions in the province, and the immigrants’ inability to get work permits in the UK, play a big role as well.

UPDATE: For the correct link, please go to the comments. For some reason I can’t correct it

The Discussion: 3 Comments

The link in the post is broken.

This one should work.

February 13, 2004 @ 8:11 pm | Comment

Thanks, I’ll repair it now.

February 13, 2004 @ 8:16 pm | Comment

Arai Hifumi wrote a brilliant series of articles entitled “The Price the Golden Venture Passengers Paid: The Snake Road: Fuzhou to New York via Hong Kong”
which appeared in the July – November 1995 issues of the Hong Kong Chinese-language monthly Nineties. English translation available at

February 14, 2004 @ 11:01 pm | Comment

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