Push for skilled foreign workers may be made
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.