Recent Reform of the Chinese Employment-stream Migration Law Regime


  • Guofu Liu Beijing Institute of Technology Faculty of Law / University of Cologne 5 South Zhongguancun street, Haidian District Beijing, P.R. China 100081 Author
  • Björn Ahl Ostasiatisches Seminar, Universität zu Köln, Albertus-Magnus-Platz, 50923. Köln, Germany Author


Chinese Migration Law, High-Skilled Migration, Rights of Foreigners, Integration of Foreign Employees


The Chinese employment-stream migration law regime recently underwent fundamental reformation. The introduction of a unified work permit for foreign nationals issued by the local bureaus of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs constitutes a significant institutional and procedural change that trims procedures and clarifies competences. Further, the new classification scheme divides foreign nationals into three categories according to their academic qualifications, professional experience, and income, and is supplemented by a points system. The main objective of the scheme is to establish a modern migration law and policy system that will attract highly skilled global talent. Applying a doctrinal approach, this study analyzes the most recent policies and legal reform measures pertaining to the employment-related migration system. It discusses changes to that system against the backdrop of other factors affecting the legal status of foreign nationals in China such as the resident permit system, naturalization, labor standards, social insurance, legal remedies, the legalization of illegal labor migration, and the legal framework for integrating foreign employees into society.







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