Chinese Attitudes Toward Immigrants: Emerging, Divided Views

Publication date:

December 21, 2020


Tabitha Speelman


This article examines Chinese attitudes towards immigration. A national online survey on immigration attitudes which was the first of its kind was designed by a team of Shanghai-based social scientists and gave insight into Chinese citizens’ perceptions beyond media controversial reportage. The survey shows public attitudes towards migration are more positive than expected and favour towards more temporary foreign residents than long-term immigrants. The survey showed that locals are more worried about crime and employment in relation to immigration. However, anti-immigrant sentiment has been on the rise in the last five years and the survey showed that highly educated Chinese citizens have polarized views of foreigners.


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