China’s immigration policy is actually already far more open than the US. If you can speak basic Mandarin it’s straightforward to get a work visa and permanent residence (which is actually a more convenient status than citizenship, since the main difference is that a permanent resident doesn’t have to deal with a hukou).
As a foreigner in China you will(like in the US) never be able to vote. But you can advise the communist party on policy matters and have feedback on draft laws and policies.
Edit: I should also add that you can get an investor visa and residence permit to start a business in China for an investment of about 10,000 USD (this would also cover basic cost of living for a year), compared to about a million bucks in the USA.
I currently live and work in China with a work visa. It is in no way straightforward to get a work visa, and good luck getting permanent residence unless your are Stephon Marbury.
The laws are straightforward perhaps, but the laws in China are rarely followed. The unwritten rules governing the country are still unfriendly towards immigration, which is why it’s immigration numbers are so low compared to the US.
It’s not straightforward, but it’s still way easier than getting a US work Visa. I can get you a PR card pretty easy if you’ve been working in China for about 5 years. We’ve helped several people get this.
China massively overhauled, digitized, and centralized the immigration system within the past two years.
There is a perception that the system runs on Guanxi which just isn’t really true anymore since immigration decisions were removed from local authorities and centralized to Beijing.
Your information is about 10 years out of date. In 2016 alone over 1500 foreigners received permanent residency.. Since then the process has been further streamlined. Today the only requirement is that you live in China for 5 years consecutively. I know several English teachers with PR status in China.
Here's a fun cartoon from the Chinese Government on how to get a green card.
If applicants get more than 70 of 100 possible points, a recommendation letter can be issued for a green card. The letter, in turn, can be used to get a green card at the service center. The procedure can be completed within 180 days.
Here's a handy immigration points calculator for seeing if you can qualify directly for a Chinese green card on merit: https://ins-globalconsulting.com/chinas-new-work-visa/
edit: interesting fact, there are 100,000 Americans in China and 300,000 Canadians.
Your information is about 10 years out of date. In 2016 alone over 1500 foreigners received permanent residency..
For a nation of over 1 billion, 1500 isn't really a lot. China is still a very homogeneous culture, and the CPP would prefer to keep outside influences to a minimum.
By contrast America accepts about a million immigrants a year, despite being less than a third the size of China.
Yes, the US issues 150,000 green cards per year, which is about 100x than China.
However when thinking on this level the trend is also important.
Very interesting. China is currently suffering from a catastrophic drop in birthrates over the last few decades, leading the country to have the fastest aging population in the world. If China doesn't want to suffer too much from an upside down population pyramid, it will have to bring over a lot of immigrants from elsewhere to maintain a steady labor force.
Those projections are bullshit. Second and third generation immigrant assimilate and end up possessing the same birth-rates as the natives of said country. Yes, you do need to be careful to not let in too many immigrants that you won't be able to assimilate before they form ethnic enclaves, but that's usually not a common problem.
And yeah, Europe kinda fucked itself over. It will continue supporting new wars all around the world and will gladly take in the refugees of those countries to fill up its labour force. Meanwhile China is the #1 investor in AI technology in the world, and China's Made In China 2025 economic plan intends to automate China's economy, transforming it from an export-based economy to a service-based one. The Chinese have thought ahead.
Concerning your ideas about China, here's to hoping you're right I suppose. I don't think China will ever catch up to current Western European living standards though. But it will be pretty close. I still think that China won't be able to save itself in time, and will have to take in immigrants to fill up its labour force. Interesting debate nonetheless.
https://www.pewforum.org/2017/11 ... -muslim-population/
As i said, the numbers of slumsghettos ethnic enclaves are growing in all major EU cities. There is no assimilation, today immigrants are "refugees" without purpose, they are not workers that can instantly join the workforce and contribute like it was 15-20 years ago. Since a lot of refugees lack education, some even the ability to readwrite there are very very few jobs that they can do in a developed country like Sweden.
Refugees are a net loss to society even in 2nd and 3rd generation, and current trajectory is even worse.
Refugees and their families are placed in slums, the schools there are horrible and this is where the issue with the 2nd generation comes into play. They see their parents sit at home all day, never leave for work. They go to a horrible school where its more or less chaos.
Its a ticking bomb. When automation hits in and if its poorly managed we will end up in a horrible place. Huge unemployment and even higher taxes.
Europe will implode while china might have a few hard years but they will pull thru. IF EU goes into some kind of internal chaos im sure that Russia will look to regain some influence and just right out take back their former colonies ( soviet states)
Let me just add here that outsiders focus a bit too much on the impact of the Chinese Government and state owned enterprises (who do most of the infrastructure related work), but the real game changers are the Chinese private sector players.
The presence of SOEs encourages private sector players to set up shop, and when they do, they are in for the long haul - e.g. Transsion, who sells the most smart phones in Africa. The private sector players employ the bulk of locals (because they need to cut costs, shorten their supply chains and understand the local market). A friend of mine works in Boomplay, the streaming service offered by Transsion - as they need people with coding skills, but who also understand the local music/entertainment market and what is trendy.
Some says "But they will lose all their money like others in Africa".
Indian and Lebanese businesses have operated in Africa for at least a century, they are still going strong. Chinese will be fine.