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Reverse Migration in Contemporary China

Returnees, Entrepreneurship and the Chinese Economy


Part of the Politics and Development of Contemporary China book series (PDCC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Who Are the Returnees?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Huiyao Wang, Yue Bao
      Pages 3-18
    3. Huiyao Wang, Yue Bao
      Pages 19-38
    4. Huiyao Wang, Yue Bao
      Pages 39-71
    5. Huiyao Wang, Yue Bao
      Pages 72-94
  3. Their Impacts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Huiyao Wang, Yue Bao
      Pages 181-187
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 188-233

About this book


The authors investigate the phenomenon of highly skilled Chinese returnees and their impact on the development of the Chinese economy and society, and on the transformation of China into a key player on the global stage. They analyse the reasons why Chinese entrepreneurs choose to return to their native country and how their overseas experience shapes their attitude and behaviours. This study is solidly grounded on fresh data from online and offline surveys and on evidence collected in over 200 interviews of successful returnees entrepreneurs. These global Chinese returnees have contributed to the rise of Chinese economy into a global powerhouse and this continuing brain movement and circulation will have much more future implications and impact for China's exchange with outside world.


Reverse migration Chinese immigrants returnee entrepreneur brain circulation entrepreneur Entrepreneurs Entrepreneurship methodology migrants migration

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Center for China and GlobalizationChina
  2. 2.Roskilde UniversityDenmark

About the authors

Dr. Huiyao Wang is the Founder and President at the Center for China and Globalization (CCG) in Beijing, China. He has published nearly 50 books and over 100 articles on Chinese returnees, global talent and globalization issues. Dr. Wang is a counsellor of China State Council and he also sits on the Migration Advisory Board of International Organization of Migration (IOM). He was a senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and a visiting fellow at Brookings Institution. His main research interests include Chinese migration and diaspora, global talent as well as Chinese companies going global.

Yue Bao is a researcher at Roskilde University, Denmark. She holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and MA in Aesthetics from Zhejiang University, China. She has also worked with Xinhua news agency as an overseas correspondent.

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