The Inquirer (Monrovia)

24 January 2013

Liberia: Chinese Migrants Want to Return Home

Chinese migrants in the country have staged a peaceful demonstration outside the Chinese Embassy in Monrovia, in hopes that they would be supported in their trip back home. It is believed that the migrants who could not speak English came into the country to acquire jobs through the various Chinese companies operating in the country.

Some residents in the Congo Town community where the Chinese Embassy is situated told our reporter that this is not the first time Chinese migrants have demonstrated to be returned to China after finding it difficult in Liberia.

One resident who chose not to be named said that China too is a developing nation and many Chinese migrants are going all over the world in search of greener pastures. Unfortunately for them he continued, Liberia is also a developing nation whose citizens also are in need of jobs.

In a country like China with almost two billion people, imagine how many of them are unemployed or living under the poverty index, it must be millions, another resident told this paper.

Attempts to contact Chinese Embassy officials proved futile, however our reporter said that what appeared to be a vehicle from within the Embassy was seen distributing food to the Chinese demonstrators.

Officers of the Liberia National Police, Police Support Unit were deployed at the entrance of the Chinese Embassy, to avoid any unlawfulness during the demonstration.

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