S’pore, US among top destinations for rich Chinese migrants – The Straits Times 4 Nov 11

About 60 percent of the rich Chinese people, each of whom has a net asset of at least 60 million yuan (S$12.12 million), said they intended to migrate from China, a report has found.

About 14 per cent of them have either already migrated from China or have applied for migration.

The three most favoured destinations by the Chinese rich are the United States, Canada and Singapore. The US is the first choice of some 40 per cent of the people interviewed, according to a white paper jointly released by Hurun Report and the Bank of China (BOC) on Saturday.

According to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the number of Chinese applicants for investment immigration has exceeded applications from any other country or region.

‘Among all the destinations in terms of investment immigration, the US always outstands all other options as the country does not impose any quota,’ said Jiao Lingyan, a client executive of the investment immigration department of the Beijing-based GlobeImmi International Education Consultation Co.

‘The minimum amount required for investment immigration to the US is US$500,000 (S$641,130). But it should be noted that this applies to investments in projects recommended by authorities in the US. People considering these projects should take into account that they may not make profits,’ Mr Jiao said.

‘It is worth noting that the minimum amount for investment immigration will be raised in the coming years, because the number of rich people in China is rapidly growing,’ she said.

While 32 per cent of the interviewees said they have invested overseas with a view to immigrate, half of them said they did so mainly for the sake of their children’s education.

‘A growing number of parents in China have realised that children growing up in the examination-oriented education system in China will find it hard to compete in an increasingly globalised world,’ Mr Zhang said.

Chinese immigrants are also getting younger, with the largest group aged between 25 and 30, compared to the 40-45 age group in the past, Mr Zhang said.

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