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China’s Wealth and Brain Drain: China Leads in International Emigration

According to China’s Academy of Social Science’s Blue Book, China is experiencing its third large-scale overseas emigration. The affluent and the intellectual elite are the main groups leading the emigration process. China is suffering a wealth and brain drain. The findings were published on Monday, December 17, 2012, in China’s Annual Report on Chinese International Migration 2012. The number of overseas Chinese was reported to have reached 45 million in 2010, topping the world’s list of overseas emigres in absolute numbers. In 2011, over 150,000 Chinese became permanent citizens in major immigrant countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Of that number, 87,017 Chinese have been granted permanent residency in the United States.

Worldwide, international migration increased from 195 million in 2005 to 214 million in 2010, constituting 3.1 percent of the world’s population.

Source: China Review News, December 17, 2012