Most Chi­nese forced to re­turn home were living abroad il­le­gally

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By CAO YIN caoyin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

More than 60 per­cent of Chi­nese who were repa­tri­ated from over­seas last year were re­turned for be­ing il­le­gal res­i­dents, im­mi­gra­tion in­spec­tion of­fi­cials in Bei­jing said.

The Bei­jing Of­fice of China Im­mi­gra­tion In­spec­tion dealt with about 6,000 repa­tri­ated peo­ple last year, among whom 88.3 per­cent were Chi­nese repa­tri­ated by other coun­tries, and the rest were for­eign­ers sent back to their home coun­tries by China, ac­cord­ing to Ni Binghong, head of the repa­tri­a­tion in­spec­tion cen­ter at the author­ity.

The num­ber has de­clined over the past few years, Ni said, from an av­er­age of around 8,000 in the past.

For ex­am­ple, a cou­ple from a coastal prov­ince in eastern China were repa­tri­ated from a Euro­pean coun­try on Jan 25 be­cause they were iden­ti­fied as il­le­gal res­i­dents when they were about to ex­pand their busi­ness, the author­ity said.

Mean­while, the cou­ple, who went to the coun­try with travel visas in2012, havealso lost their in­vest­ment, the author­ity said.

Those repa­tri­ated were mainly farm­ers and laid-off work­ers who went abroad for il­le­gal em­ploy­ment, said Zhang He, deputy direc­tor of the author­ity’s gen­eral ser­vice of­fice, adding that some repa­tri­ated peo­ple worked as chefs in Chi­nese restau­rants.

“Il­le­gal em­ploy­ment of Chi­nese hap­pened mostly in de­vel­oped coun­tries, as salaries there were higher than those in their home­towns,” Ni said.

“Some of them paid travel agen­cies more than 100,000 yuan ($16,000) to leave in the name of work or com­mer­cial vis­its, and when they ar­rived at their des­ti­na­tions they turned to their friends or rel­a­tives,” Ni said.

He con­firmed that a fewChi­nese had left travel groups to seek jobs af­ter go­ing to Southeast Asian coun­tries and were repa­tri­ated when their visas were found to have ex­pired.

In ad­di­tion, some Chi­nese were asked to re­turn be­cause of dis­qual­i­fied exit-en­try doc­u­ments, and some were repa­tri­ated af­ter they were in­volved in crimes, he added.

The author­ity has also in­ten­si­fied in­spec­tions of for­eign­ers in China be­cause an in­creas­ing num­ber have started to use China to il­le­gally en­ter third coun­tries.

Most of the for­eign­ers sent home were from de­vel­op­ing coun­tries or re­gions trou­bled by war, and were re­turned for stay­ing in China il­le­gally or for dis­turb­ing public or­der, ac­cord­ing to Ji Lixia, as­sis­tant head of the author­ity.

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