China has become the number one country to lose their most wealthy and intellectually elite citizens, with immigration rising over the last decade. There are some very thought-provoking reasons for this trend.
They are mainly young or middle-aged, highly educated, in a position of economic strength and participate politically in pursuit of a better political, economic, social, cultural and natural environment. Reports from Australia’s immigration authorities show that about 61.5 percent of immigrants from China during 2010-2011 had a background in business or technology.
People may wonder, why do so many people earning a high income choose to leave their own country? Philosopher Agnes Heller said that there are three dimensions to a better life:
- The full development of natural endowments.
- A deep emotional connection between people.
Unfortunately, all of these conditions are scarce in China today.
Reporters from Economic Information Daily conducted a series of interviews with Chinese immigrants. They found that many issues, such as China’s domestic environmental pollution, issues with medical supplies and food safety, poor public services, social injustice, an incomplete legal system, social anxiety resulting from the abuse of power, and a worsening business and investment environment, were the main reasons for people leaving China.
In other words, Chinese people’s disgust and distrust of the entire natural environment, social, political, and economic conditions are the main reasons for the immigration tidal wave.
U.S. scholar Ms He Qinglian came to three conclusions regarding China’s fleeing social elite:
First; the serious corruption in the government coupled with extreme social deterioration.
Second; the middle class being sandwiched between the twin pressures of political oppression from the upper levels and the erosion of social order from the lower levels.
Third; the obstruction of increasing restriction of opportunities to improve one’s social and economic standing due to rising unemployment.
Not only do they have to contend with the serious ecological deterioration of their environment, Chinese people also have to contend with their selfish and corrupt government. They are in a state of deep despair, feeling as if doomsday is near.
Translation research by Mona Song and Kathy McWilliams