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the tran­sient for­eign pop­u­la­tion in Guangzhou

Cai made the re­marks on Tues­day in the wake of a sur­vey on the sit­u­a­tion of for­eign­ers in Guangzhou, launched by Cai’s com­mit­tee.

Ac­cord­ing to the city’s exit and en­try de­part­ment, Guangzhou now has a tran­sient for­eign pop­u­la­tion of about 80,000, more than 60 per­cent of them from Asian coun­tries.

The fig­ure usu­ally reaches more than 120,000 when the city holds the semi­an­nual China Im­port and Ex­port Fair, or Can­ton Fair, in Spring and Fall.

Guangzhou, which reg­is­tered a record high of more than 5.41 mil­lion for­eign­ers in and out of the city last year, has be­come the third-largest exit and en­try port on the main­land, fol­low­ing Bei­jing and Shang­hai.

South Kore­ans make up the ma­jor­ity of for­eign res­i­dents in Guangzhou.

The num­ber of for­eign­ers from Africa comes to about 11,000, less than one-fifth of the to­tal num­ber of ex­pats.

Most of the for­eign­ers ar­rive in Guangzhou for em­ploy­ment, do­ing busi­ness, for study or sight­see­ing. Many for­eign­ers think Guang­dong, a ma­jor pro­duc­tion base, has a wide range of good qual­ity prod­ucts at com­pet­i­tive prices and that the busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment of the city is get­ting bet­ter, au­thor­i­ties said.

Guangzhou will never limit the num­ber of for­eign­ers, as they have greatly con­trib­uted to the city’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, au­thor­i­ties have said.

Gar­ments, silks, ce­ram­ics, hand­i­crafts, elec­tron­ics, toys, shoes and watches have be­come the main prod­ucts many for­eign­ers pur­chase in Guangzhou and ship home.

Yue Jinglun, a pro­fes­sor of public ad­min­is­tra­tion from Sun Yat-sen Univer­sity in Guangzhou, said the num­ber of for­eign­ers in the city will con­tinue to grow due to the myr­iad em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and the im­proved work­ing and liv­ing cli­mate.

Au­thor­i­ties should learn from the ex­pe­ri­ence of other coun­tries, Yue said on Wed­nes­day. “The le­gal in­ter­ests and rights of for­eign­ers in Guangzhou should be well pro­tected while im­prov­ing the man­age­ment of the for­eign­ers to build har­mo­nious com­mu­ni­ties,” he added.

Liang Fengxin con­trib­uted to this story.

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