Since 1978, when China’s government introduced major economic changes and lifted a ban on emigration, about 10 million Chinese nationals have moved abroad. More than 2 million of these emigres live in the United States. The outflow has created a brain drain, and amounts to a vote of no confidence by emigres in Chinese society. Experts say Chinese parents are sending their children at increasingly younger ages to school in the West. They also are seeking economic opportunities and societies where the rule of law guarantees that their wealth will be protected. Yet many Chinese citizens will return home because they cannot obtain permanent visas and because China’s dynamic economy still offers opportunity.read full report
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Can Beijing stem the brain drain?
Chinese student Helen Zhou heads to school at Linfield Christian School in Temecula, Calif. The desire for more educational choice and quality is a key driver of Chinese immigration. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)