North­east faces se­vere brain drain

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China’s north­east has lost more than 1 mil­lion peo­ple in the last ten years, many of whom are high earn­ers and well ed­u­cated, seek­ing bet­ter jobs and life­styles, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures from the Na­tional Devel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion.

North­east China, a ge­o­graphic term that mainly in­cludes Hei­longjiang, Jilin and Liaon­ing prov­inces, was China’s in­dus­trial heart­land be­fore the 1990s. Since then there’s been slower eco­nomic growth.

Many have turned to com­pa­nies else­where in China of­fer­ing bet­ter terms and con­di­tions of em­ploy­ment.

Wage lev­els for grad­u­ates are sim­i­larly un­com­pet­i­tive due to poor eco­nomic growth. Av­er­age salaries in the re­gion are the low­est in the coun­try.

Some com­men­ta­tors also blame re­straints on the mar­ket, which they say de­ter growth.

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