PHOTOS | China's "Christmas Town" Open Doors to Middle Eastern Migrants but Future Uncertain

PHOTOS | China's "Christmas Town" Open Doors to Middle Eastern Migrants but Future Uncertain

Manar Abdulhussein (L), 38, an Iraqi migrant, laughs in a kindergarten her son attends in Yiwu, China 11 January 2017. In 2016, Yiwu, Zhejiang Province, issued 9,675 people with temporary residence permits, nearly half of them from war-torn countries including Iraq, Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan. To match story CHINA-MIGRANTS/MIDEAST Thomson Reuters Foundation

Manar Abdulhussein (L), 38, an Iraqi migrant, laughs in a kindergarten her son attends in Yiwu, China 11 January 2017. In 2016, Yiwu, Zhejiang Province, issued 9,675 people with temporary residence permits, nearly half of them from war-torn countries including Iraq, Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan. 

Alo-baidi Yousif (M), 4, an Iraqi child born in China, sits with other children in a kindergarten in Yiwu, Zhejiang Province, China 11 January 2017. In 2016, Yiwu issued 9,675 people with temporary residence permits, nearly half of them from war-torn countries including Iraq, Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan. To match story CHINA-MIGRANTS/MIDEAST Thomson Reuters Foundation


Alo-baidi Yousif (M), 4, an Iraqi child born in China, sits with other children in a kindergarten in Yiwu, Zhejiang Province, China 11 January 2017. In 2016, Yiwu issued 9,675 people with temporary residence permits, nearly half of them from war-torn countries including Iraq, Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan.  

Alo-baidi Mohammed (L), an Iraqi factory owner, inspects products with his employee in Jinghua, Zhejiang Province, China 13 January 2017. To match story CHINA-MIGRANTS/MIDEAST Thomson Reuters Foundation

Alo-baidi Mohammed (L), an Iraqi factory owner, inspects products with his employee in Jinghua, Zhejiang Province, China 13 January 2017.  


Mike, 24, a Syrian migrant, who goes by his professional name, makes a phone call in a snooker parlor in Yiwu, Zhejiang Province, China 15 January 2017. In 2016, Yiwu issued 9,675 people with temporary residence permits, nearly half of them from war-torn countries including Iraq, Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan. To match story CHINA-MIGRANTS/MIDEAST Thomson Reuters Foundation

A motorcycle passes a closed-down warehouse in Yiwu, Zhejiang Province,China 19 January 2017. To match story CHINA-MIGRANTS/MIDEAST Thomson Reuters Foundation/Shanshan Chen

A motorcycle passes a closed-down warehouse in Yiwu, Zhejiang Province,China 19 January 2017. 

Streets scenes are seen in Yiwu, Zhejiang Province, China 19 January 2017. To match story CHINA-MIGRANTS/MIDEAST Thomson Reuters Foundation/Shanshan Chen

Streets scenes are seen in Yiwu, Zhejiang Province, China 19 January 2017.

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