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by Daily Commercial News

A Beijing official denied reports the city will expel migrant workers during the 2008 Olympics, but said the Chinese capital is investigating ways to keep the mentally ill from “damaging the public interest’’ during the Games.

BEIJING

A Beijing official denied reports the city will expel migrant workers during the 2008 Olympics, but said the Chinese capital is investigating ways to keep the mentally ill from “damaging the public interest’’ during the Games.

Beijing relies on migrants who lack official permission to live in the capital to do construction work and other menial jobs.

But some residents complain they detract from their quality of life.

Chinese officials have promised that hosting the Olympics will improve respect for human rights, while IOC officials have warned them privately that excessive social controls could mar the Games.

The state-run Beijing Morning Post newspaper reported this month that many of the one million migrant workers in Beijing from other parts of China would be expelled before the Games.

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