Rich Chinese Flee to United States…and Bring Their Money with Them

Saturday, February 08, 2014
(photo: Robert F. Bukaty, AP)

Many of China’s wealthy are fleeing their home country and settling in the United States, where better schools and other opportunities await.


The 2012 Annual Report of Chinese International Migration shows immigration from China is growing, with most heading to the U.S. Nearly 90,000 Chinese became permanent U.S. residents in 2011.


The migration includes a significant number of rich Chinese. At least 25% of those worth more than $16 million have fled the country, and nearly half of this group (47%) is thinking of leaving, according to the report.


The United Nations reported last year that the number of foreign-born Chinese Americans in the U.S. doubled between 2000 and 2010. There are about 3.8 million Chinese in the country, of which 2.2 million were born in China.


The Chinese ex-pats cite various reasons for leaving their Asian homeland, including “political reform, infrastructure improvements, pollution, and education,” according to the study. However, the single biggest motivator, by far, is their dissatisfaction with China’s education system.


About 80% say they want a better education for their children, and hope to find it in the U.S. or the other countries to which they’ve relocated.


Parents say China’s schools emphasize too much rote learning, taking tests, and “patriotic education” approved by the Communist Party. Departing China, Mark Kitto explained in a farewell letter, according to GlobalPost, that “one overriding reason” for leaving his home country was “want[ing] to give my children a decent education. The domestic Chinese lower education system does not educate. It is a test center. And then there is the propaganda.”

-Noel Brinkerhoff


To Learn More:

Why Chinese Immigrants Choose America (by Benjamin Carlson, GlobalPost)

Chinese Immigration to US Still Rising (by Kelly Chung Dawson, China Daily)

Chinese Internet Goes Down after Release of Details of Corruption of Government Leaders (by Noel Brinkerhoff and Danny Biederman, AllGov)

Border Patrol Dealing with Increased Illegal Immigrants from China (by Danny Biederman and Noel Brinkerhoff)

Real Anchor Babies…From China, Not Mexico (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)


Magda 10 years ago
Fleeing with their money to avoid criminal proceedings as China is beginning a small crack-down on corruption.
sam 10 years ago
American don't emphasis patriotic teaching???? Lol, american education is nothing but brainwashing and jingoistic indoctrination.
educated 10 years ago
Why would rich Chinese get American education at all if the Chinese educational system were so great? For the pain? In the USA, private schools are more accessible and bottom dwelling Americans do not appreciate what opportunity they have. The Americans that complain are also the ones that cannot access these educational opportunities or more amazingly refuse to do so.
Charles 10 years ago
Obviously this article is written in ERROR. It said the Chinese are fleeing to america for better education????? Are you kidding? Americans are no reflection of intelligence or a better education system, so the Chinese would be better fleeing to somewhere else. I would bet their fleeing is based upon space, land, resource availability and possibly political, but NOT EDUCATION.
Ann 10 years ago
"The domestic Chinese lower education system does not educate. It is a test center. And then there is the propaganda.” Just like the public schools here in America.

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