Few expat workers in social security programs
Two and half years after the enactment of China’s Social Insurance Law, about 20 percent of expats working in China had joined the country’s social security programs covering basic pension, medical, unemployment, working injury and maternity benefits.
“This is a small ratio,” said Hu Xiaoyi, vice-minister of human resources and social security.
Wang Huiyao, director-general of the Center for China and Globalization, a Beijing think tank, said China should introduce more incentives for expats.
“Only a small number of foreigners can obtain a Chinese ‘green card’, so most expats worry that it is not necessary to pay for social insurance programs in China as it is hard for them to stay in China for long,” he said. (Photo 2)