How to Clean Out Illegal Immigration
The Chinese Way
There are around 120,000 foreign residents now in China. They are from across the globe and cover all races doing a variety of work. Yet, China, like America, also has an illegal immigration problem they are trying to tackle. Of the 120,000, many are either in country illegally or their proper visas have expired. The visa allowing foreigners to live there expires every 90 days. To re-up, the foreigner must pay and wait considerable time. The person actually must leave China and then return at a border crossing. Many travel to Mongolia or other border countries and recross in the same day. It is a BIG hassle.
The Chinese method is simple, direct and hard. Since many foreigners can be spotted miles away by police, the person is stopped, asked for papers. Police have checkpoints in known "foreigner" housing areas where visa papers must be shown. Beijing has given the police 100 days to cleanse China of illegals. The method is ruthless and abrupt , if your papers are not on you or in good order. To make it clear, your professional status is of no consequence. That is what happened to American, Melissa Chan, a news reporter in Beijing for al-Jazeera. She attempted to renew her visa and was detained. China refused to renew it, no doubt on political grounds, yet, it stunned her as she had lived there for over year, her belongings were in her apartment, the car. Now what? Good question.
Some of the crackdown on illegals is a result from a video on their equivalent to YouTube, Youku. An intoxicated British man is sexually attacking a Chinese woman. Chinese men pull the other off and start beating him. The man falls to the ground where more Chinese come and kick and beat him helpless until police arrive. Police indicated the man was only a tourist and legally there. This video has given foreigners a bad rap as it has been viewed 10 million times.
The Chinese face a huge task to deal with their own illegals working in China, despite the benefit they bring to their economy.