Centre for China and Globalisation (CCG) hosted forum on global migration on developing ‘skilled immigration’, in line with State Council requests for policy innovations last month. Wang Huiyao 王辉耀 CCG director notes that China’s 0.06 percent foreign resident population rate is well below the 1.6 and 10 percent averages for developing and developed countries, respectively. More foreign talent could help bring vibrancy to innovative and academic sectors, especially China’s rapidly growing think tanks. A more flexible skilled migration system is needed, including relaxed work visa approvals for students and young people, better legal services, and residence permits that are more accommodating in terms of time and family invitations, Wang says.

Pilots in have been run addressing similar issues in Nanjing (2012) and Shanghai (2015) following a talent development outline released in 2008. He Jingjun 和静钧 Southwest University of Political Science and Law says reform needs to go further and eliminate the single-passport policy if any real benefits are to be reaped. Criticisms notwithstanding, these proposals may be a key way to attract foreign educated and trained former Chinese citizen to return to China—a problem Wang must be familiar with in his position as the Western Returned Scholars Association 欧美同学会 vice chair. ThinkChina,