As Migration and Trade Increase between China and Africa, Traders at Both Ends Often Face Precarity

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July 21, 2021


Daouda Cissé


This article explores entrepreneurship ties with the increasing numbers of African migrants in China. It also mentions how the pandemic, prompted heightened xenophobia and surveillance, particularly of African traders in Guangzhou. It mentions that the scarcity of immigration assistance in China posed a challenge for Africans and other foreign-born residents looking to secure residence permits, and renew visas in China. This contributed to many migrants falling out of legal status, often after overstaying their temporary visas and then having to rely on informal or illicit networks to remain in the country.



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