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Chinese people have been emigrating for centuries, especially to South-East Asian countries such as Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. The Communist government put a stop to this, but started to relax its emigration laws in 1983, perhaps seeing this as one means of easing the country’s population growth. In contrast, very few people migrate into China; most of those who do are overseas Chinese. This adds up to a negative net migration (the number of immigrants minus the number of emigrants) of -300,000 per year. To compare this figure with other countries, the net migration rate is used. China has a net migration rate of -0.32 migrants per 1,000 population, putting it in 128th place out of the 222 territories in the world.
China has an extremely high urbanisation rate. An annual average of 2.85% of the population move to China’s urban and suburban areas, adding to the 50.6% of the population who currently live in a city or town. (source: CIA World Factbook).
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