Monthly Archives: July 2014

[Music]: Faaji House opening new paths for Africans in China

A NTA News report on how pioneer music entrepreneur Seye Abimbola, from Faaji House, has been breaking ground in China

[Research]: African musicians in search of the ‘Chinese Dream’: beyond the narratives of trade and ‘immigration’ >>DRAFT PAPER<<

Draft paper delivered at the Asia Art Archive as part of their Talk Series for the Mapping Asia Project.

[Media Reports]: African achievers recognised in China

Some outstanding Africans recognised in China for their contributions to society

[Music – Media Reports]: Nigerian Mr Raw performs live in China (NTA News)

Nigerian music star Mr. Raw was in China recently where he had live performances in Beijing and Guangzhou

[Policy Report]: Strike Hard Against Immigration: China’s New Exit-Entry Law

By Melissa Lefkowitz for US-Asia Law Institute

In July of this year, China enacted its first major reform to its immigration policy since 1986. Passed by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee in 2012, the Exit-Entry Administration Law, which has replaced the Law for Foreigners and the Law for Citizens, features harsher penalties for visa overstays and unauthorized work. This new law, along with China’s upcoming revisions to its permanent residency application system, makes abundantly clear the fact that China has little interest in becoming a receiving country for transnational migrants. Yet, as the country with the second highest GDP in the world, porous borders and strong incentives to maintain healthy diplomatic relations with the global South, it is necessary for China to rethink its piecemeal policies and opt for a more comprehensive strategy toward international immigration.

Although this is not the first time China has cracked down on visa applications—visa issuance was severely restricted to foreigners leading up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics—this is the first time that foreigners will face detention and investigation for overstaying their visas (up to sixty days “if the case is complicated”). Foreigners working illegally will now face detention (five to fifteen days) or monetary fines of up to 20,000 RMB ($3,260 USD). Previously, the penalty for unauthorized work did not exceed a monetary fine of 1,000 RMB ($163.00 USD). Companies and institutions that provide fake certificates or invitation letters to unqualified foreigners will be fined up to 10,000 RMB ($1,630.00 USD) per person, and be responsible for the cost of their deportation. The fines will not exceed 100,000 RMB ($16,290 USD), as opposed to 50,000 RMB ($8,145.00 USD) in the previous law. Lastly, foreigners who own companies and delay paying wages to workers will be prevented from leaving the country (China Daily, July 1).

Historically, China has not been a destination country for labor. For centuries, China has sent its workers abroad, as Chinese companies have in recent years in establishing operations in Africa. Yet significant inflows of labor have emerged over the past decade. According to a 2011 Brookings Report, China’s transnational migrants are increasing at an “unprecedented scale,” or ten percent annually since the year 2000, according to Yang Huanming, vice-minister of the Ministry of Public Security (Brookings, September 8, 2011; Xinhua, June 30, 2012). China’s 2010 census, the first to record the amount of foreigners residing in the country, documented approximately 594,000 foreigners living in China in 2010… [KEEP READING HERE]

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[Policy Report] Just Approaches? Africa’s Migrants in China

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By Lara Pham for World Policy Blog

Recent global attention has turned towards China’s growing presence throughout Africa given the country’s growing economic and political interest in the continent. China is the content’s largest financier with numerous natural resources investments and infrastructure projects. With these investments comes an influx of Chinese staff across the continent as well as promises for cooperative economic development. But the economic and social activity between China and Africa is not a one-way exchange.

As Chinese money and citizens move abroad, the country is also experiencing an inflow of immigrants from Africa. Unfortunately, China’s outdated legal structures have exacerbated tensions between ethnic Chinese and the growing African immigrant population.

As China continues its push into Africa for natural resources and strategic diplomatic relationships, many Africans are coming to China in search of job opportunities. According to Zai Liang, a professor of sociology at the State University of New York at Albany, recent Chinese investments in Africa have created more professional and social connections between the country and the continent. Even established African traders in the U.S. and Europe have relocated to China, says Daouda Cissé, a research fellow at the Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University, because of its thriving manufacturing industry, competitive prices, and lower operating costs.

Guangzhou, one of the country’s largest cities and a major manufacturing hub, boasts China’s largest African community… [KEEP READING HERE]

[Talk] African musicians in search of the ‘Chinese Dream’: beyond the narratives of trade and ‘immigration’

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