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Health Clinic, Beijing


Clandestine health clinic for migrants in the “Zheijiang Village”, Beijing (a large community of migrants originating from Zheijiang). As many migrants in the cities do nott have resident permits themselves let alone for their families they cannot, among other things, use local hospitals and other social services . In many suburbs migrants have organized parallel structures (such as schools and medical clinics) by themselves. The nurses are often also migrants brought from the villages. The authorities generally turn a blind eye to these structures as they need the migrants and are, in fact, one of the largest employers of migrants (both legal and illegal). Since this photograph was taken, the area has been “sanitized” and largely developed as an affluent commercial zone.