Northeast faces severe brain drain
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.