China is looking to attract overseas workers in areas such as science and technology, people with big investments in the country and talent to fill shortages in the economy. A proposed law appears to ease some of the requirements for foreigners to get a permanent residency or so-called “green card” in China.
The previous permanent residency rules in China were released in 2004. Since then, 20,000 foreigners have been granted a residency card, according to Li Qing, director of talent research at Beijing-based think-tank, the Center for China and Globalization, who was quoted in Global Times, a state-backed publication. In comparison, nearly 1.1 million people got a green card in the U.S. in 2018, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Despite China’s rapid development, immigrants have never been a huge part of the Chinese population. In 2019, they accounted for just 0.1% of the entire population in the world’s second-largest economy, according to the United Nations.