Chinese Nationals Migrating to America in Unprecedented Numbers

More of China’s best and brightest are choosing to migrate to America for a better life, according to the 2012 Annual Report of Chinese International Migration published on December 17. As the country with the world’s largest population, China saw 45 million people flee the country because of pollution and safety concerns, an incredibly competitive education system and unpredictable economy.

More than 150,000 Chinese nationals have grown concerned with the safety of their assets, and people’s investments are much more secure in Western countries. Other motivating factors for Chinese seeking a U.S. visa include the education of their children, the environment and taxes.

Although many Americans are weary of the education system, this was one of the main attractions for Chinese nationals. China is known to have strong academic scores, many parents are not pleased with the system because the curriculum emphasizes rote learning, patriotic education and test taking. Chinese schools are also focused on a “all or nothing” college entrance exam that causes a great amount of stress, and has led to students using IV drip bags of amino acids to get through studying.

“The domestic Chinese lower education system does not educate. It is a test center,” longtime Chinese resident Mark Kitto wrote a farewell letter to China according to the Global Post. “And then there is the propaganda.”

This trend is likely to bring losses to the country, as many of the wealthy and talented individuals are leaving the country. In 2011, more than 150,000 Chinese natives gained permanent residence in major immigration destinations including Australia, Canada and the United States. Since 2007, America has been the no. 1 destination for immigrants from China, attracting more than 50 percent of immigrants in 2011.