Push for skilled for­eign work­ers may be made

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

China is con­sid­er­ing spe­cial im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies to at­tract skilled for­eign work­ers, ac­cord­ing to a se­nior of­fi­cial.

Zhang Jianguo, head of the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of For­eign Ex­perts Af­fairs, did not give de­tails on when the poli­cies will be in­tro­duced.

Ex­perts said Zhang’s re­marks show that China may, for the first time, sin­gle out skilled work­ers as a spe­cial cat­e­gory in its gen­eral im­mi­gra­tion po­lices.

Wang Huiyao, di­rec­tor of the Center for China and Glob­al­iza­tion, said the gov­ern­ment ur­gently needs to re­vise its im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies to at­tract more highly skilled for­eign­ers.

China has ex­pe­ri­enced a tal­ent “deficit” for years. In 2012, more than 148,000 Chi­nese ob­tained over­seas ci­ti­zen­ship, while just 1,202 ex­pa­tri­ates were granted per­ma­nent res­i­dency in China.

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