How China Manages Economic-Stream Migration: The New Points Scheme

Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, Vol. 24, 2018, 476-485

13 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2018 Last revised: 11 Jan 2019

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Björn Ahl

Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne

Pilar Czoske

University of Cologne; Institute of East Asian Studies

Date Written: September 1, 2018

Abstract

Recently issued legal documents suggest a fundamental overhaul of the Chinese immigrant-selection system. Based on an analysis of laws and regulations, policy documents, scholarly literature and expert interviews, we argue that the new points system and the distinction between different categories of foreign nationals so far serve mainly symbolic functions, such as, signaling stricter control of immigration. The new points system emphasizes skills levels and the current productivity of immigrants rather than long-term developments, such as, demographic change or the accumulation of human capital for future innovations.

Keywords: high skilled migration, points system, migration law, China

JEL Classification: K37

Suggested Citation

Ahl, Björn and Czoske, Pilar-Paz, How China Manages Economic-Stream Migration: The New Points Scheme (September 1, 2018). Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, Vol. 24, 2018, 476-485, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3264540

Björn Ahl (Contact Author)

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Pilar-Paz Czoske

University of Cologne ( email )

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Cologne, 50923
Germany

Institute of East Asian Studies ( email )

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Cologne

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