Toxic smog in China is pushing out more Chinese – those who are educated and have wealth – to foreign countries, particularly North America and Australia.
“The trend of ‘smog emigration’ is expected to continue, as improvements to air pollution through economic restructuring will not take effect in the short term.”
Record numbers of Chinese are emigrating from China at the first opportunity, with many wealthy Chinese already set up with overseas homes and investments, while others have sought U.S. locations where a pregnant Chinese woman can give birth and receive an infant visa and social security card for the newborn child, giving them an opportunity to emigrate.
A report from Chinese wealth research company Hurun said that 64 percent of Chinese millionaires – those worth $16 million or more – have already emigrated or plan to.
As corruption culprits are being targeted high up in the ranks of China’s ruling Communist Party, those who can afford to leave are getting out, citing “security” for their family and wealth as major factors.
In a country with 1.3 billion people, citizens leaving in the thousands may not be a mass exodus; however, in rural areas where many Chinese are living below the poverty line, even if they want to emigrate, they have no hope to do so.