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Legal aid agencies across the country provided 1.48 million times legal consultations to migrant workers and helped them recover nearly 5.5 billion yuan ($820 million) in unpaid wages from January to November last year, according to the Ministry of Justice.

These legal aid agencies also handled nearly 400,000 cases filed by migrant workers and offered assistance to 437,000 migrant workers during the period, the ministry said.

Judicial administrative bodies at all levels have made migrant workers a key target of public legal services and have made full use of public legal service entities, hotlines and online platforms to provide them with free legal advice and other services.

Green channels have also been opened for migrant workers to demand their unpaid wages, and their cases are prioritized for acceptance, examination, and assignment. Authorities at all levels have also introduced multiple measures to provide convenient and efficient legal aid services for migrant workers, the ministry said.

In addition, authorities have taken advantage of China’s legal service website to provide remote services to migrant workers, as operators respond to messages and inquiries, collect leads on unpaid wages, and transfer cases to legal aid centers in a manner timely, the ministry said.

In 2022, the network answered more than 28,000 legal inquiries about labor compensation for migrant workers and transferred more than 11,000 cases of unpaid wages to local legal aid agencies, involving more than 330,000 migrant workers.

From January to September 2022, the nationwide mediation organization resolved more than 110,000 disputes involving migrant workers and resolved more than 70,000 disputes over unpaid wages for them, according to the ministry.