After a Fatal Fire at Xinjian Village, Beijing, the incident triggered a citywide campaign to remove tenant living in such “unsafe” housing facilities.They had no choice then but to leave Beijing.
A fire broke out on the night of November 18 at a three-story apartment at Xinjian Village of Daxing District, a southern suburb of the city. A total of 19 people died.
The incident triggered a citywide campaign to remove people living in such “unsafe” housing facilities, which was seen as a method to control the city’s population. Most of those people were migrant workers who mainly work in low-end industries including delivering and garment.
The official explanation was to eliminate safety hazards in crowded apartments and warehouses where house many migrants to prevent tragedies like the fatal fire.
In spite of freezing coldness in the winter, a number of migrant residents were required to remove soon. Many of them had no other choice then but to leave Beijing for their hometown.