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China to draft immigration law

By Wang Fangqing     May 24, 2010 in World
Beijing - China is planning to draft the nation's first immigration law as the number of foreigners moving to the country has grown intensely in the recent years.
The plan was mentioned at a global forum on migration on Thursday in Beijing.
Experts on migration were advising the government to learn from experience abroad in regulating immigration, but the discussions had yet to result in any concrete preparations, Zhang Jijiao, researcher at the China Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) told Xinhua.
Unlike Western countries, where strict and detailed laws to regulate transnational migrants could be dated back to a century ago, the regulation on migration in China is only used for entry and exit administration and the foreign investors.
"This reflects how China's transnational migration management has long been focused on the legitimacy of entry and exit out of economic considerations," said Zhang.
He added the most important Western experiences worth noting were classifying transnational migrants into different categories, such as skilled or unskilled workers, skills migration or investor migration, and then to adopt management rules for each category.
According to the Shanghai government, foreigners living in this eastern metropolis for more than six months had risen to 152,100 in 2008, up 14.1 percent from 2007.
According to the Bureau of Exit and Entry Administration of the Ministry of Public Security, about 10 percent of the 26.11 million foreigners who entered China in 2007 came for employment.
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