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Foreign workers pour into China

By Chen Xin and Wu Yiyao (China Daily)

08:09, January 21, 2012

BEIJING / SHANGHAI - China is luring more foreign job seekers as its economy shines amid the global slowdown.

Ian Hoorneman, a Harvard Business School MBA holder from the United States, came to Beijing in 2009 and is now a counselor and coordinator for international affairs in Beijing Royal School.

Although Hoorneman doesn't earn as much as he did in the US, where he ran his own educational institution, he believes China's education market is more promising.

"In the next 20 years there will be an opportunity for me to earn a lot more money in China than the sum I could earn in the US," he said.

Many job service companies have already noticed that more and more people see China as a promising destination for employment.

Nearly 600,000 expats live in China, according to the latest census in 2010. Before that, the nationwide census did not cover foreign workers.

"The number of expats working in China has been increasing since the reform and opening-up (in 1978), but the exact number as well as industries they are in is what we're asking our branches to find out," Yin Chengji, spokesman of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, said on Friday at a news conference. The ministry began to include expats in its social security system last year.

According to Feng Lijuan, chief consultant at, a human resources service provider in China, the company's overseas talent pool stood at 300,000, a rise of 150 percent compared with late 2008.

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