Migration, the Law and ‘One Belt, One Road’
Lutz-Christian Wolff, Chao Xi, Legal Dimensions of China's Belt and Road Initiative, Hong Kong, Wolters Kluwer 2016, 393-416.
15 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2017 Last revised: 1 Mar 2019
Date Written: January 15, 2017
This study examines how recent changes in migration policies and regulations relate to the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative. We argue that although key documents of the Initiative do not explicitly touch on the attraction of foreign talent, recent legal reforms related to the work and residence of foreigners in China will have a positive effect on implementing Belt and Road projects. Moreover, the Belt and Road Initiative serves as a strategic economic development plan, which in turn will probably increase the global attractiveness of China as a migration destination. We analyze Belt and Road documents in relation to the attraction of foreign talents as well as recent developments in national policies and legislation in the area of attracting foreign talents. As the directly administered city of Shanghai has taken the lead in attracting international talent, we scrutinize local policies and regulations in Shanghai in order to identify trends that will probably be adopted at the national level.
Keywords: Belt and Road Initiative, migration law reform
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