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CCG Releases New Books, Tackles Overseas Returnees

Sunday,Jul 17, 2016



By the end of 2015, the number of overseas returnees has already reached 2.21 million. (Photo : Getty Images)

Chinese think-tank Center for China and Globalization (CCG) tackled the career prospects of overseas returnees in the country in its three newly published English books, China Radio International (CRI) reported.

The release took place on Thursday at the organization’s headquarters in Chinese capital Beijing.

According to data from the "White Book on Study Abroad in China," the number of overseas workers who returned to the country reached 2.21 million by the end of last year.

Despite this large figure, CCG president Wang Huiyao pointed out that many of the returnees are currently "hampered by lack of working experience or higher-level skills," the article wrote.

For Dr. Liu Yipeng, the writer of "Entrepreneur and Talent Management from a Global Perspective: Global Returnees," the government must learn how to establish an ecosystem where returnees can learn more about entrepreneurship and innovation.

The author pointed out that one of the key incentives behind the reverse migration phenomenon is the shifting of economic gravity.

Dr. Liu emphasized that beyond this picture, "those overseas immigrants will remember their home country and start moving back when opportunities come, as it’s challenging for them to integrate into local economic and social life."

In this case, he added that the returnees "will not only make personal achievements in building successful careers, but also shape and contribute to the development of the Chinese society."

Experts have agreed that returnees face many obstacles while starting their career in the country, including cultural matters.

As a suggestion, Dr. Liu said that returnees must learn how to "change the cultural codes [and] understand the business practices and social norms in China, in order to better integrate to the cultural sensitivity or intelligence."

Meanwhile, CCG vice chairman David Zweig urged the overseas returnees to take advantage of understanding both sides--that of China’s and the country where they came from.

Zweig believes that by keeping in touch with their lives overseas, these migrants have the ultimate potential to "mobilize resources, information, and knowledge to cross geographic boundaries," the article noted.

CCG, established back in 2008, works in the area of globalizing Chinese enterprises and talents.

From YIBADA, 2016-7-9