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Illegal employment of foreigners increasing in China

By Mao Lei, Zhang Yang (People's Daily)

13:40, April 27, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

With rapid development of Chinese economy and society, the number of foreigners in China has a sustained and rapid growth. Their purposes and identities have become increasingly diverse and their mobility has also increased Yang Huanning, Vice Minister of Public Security, said on April 25, 2012.

Foreigners that entered and exited China reached more than 54 million in 2011. Since 2000, the average increment speed of foreigners entering China reaches about 10 percent annually.

In 2011, nearly 600,000 foreigners lived in China, majority of them being employees of foreign-funded companies, overseas students, foreign language teachers, representatives of foreign companies and their relatives and family members.

As of the end of 2011, there are about 4,752 holders of the Alien Permanent Residence Permit, with 1,735 being foreign high-level personnel and their families and 3,017 being family members coming to China for reunion.

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