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Uma A. Segal, Doreen Elliott, and Nazneen S. Mayadas

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195388138

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388138.001.0001

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A New Pole for Immigration

(p.352) 23 China
Immigration Worldwide

Kim-wah Chung

Ji Qi

Wenruo Hou

Oxford University Press

Since the establishment of New China in 1949, the interplay of historical and political factors have made it an unpopular destination for immigration. Entry was limited to immigrants from a few nations. After the adoption of the open-door policy and the launching of economic reforms in 1978, the situation is changing rapidly and more foreigners, noticeably from Western countries, are entering and eventually settling in China. This change has positive implications while also presenting problems. In response, since the mid-1980s, the government of China has begun formulating new rules, regulations, and legislation to cope with new demands and emerging problems as more people are entering both legally and illegally. The chapter concludes that China possesses attributes to make it a new pole for immigration in the foreseeable future, yet limitations and problems must also be addressed.

Keywords:   China, immigration, immigration policy, foreign immigrants, illegal immigrants

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