Among countries with the largest number of overseas Chinese on each continent, the largest Chinese diaspora community is living in Indonesia, numbering more than ten million people. Most of these people are descendents from migrants born in China, who have moved to Indonesia a long time ago. On the contrary, a large part of overseas Chinese living in Canada and Australia have arrived in these countries only during the last two decades.
Migration in China – additional information
Many Chinese people have emigrated from the country in search of better living conditions and educational chances. The increasing number of Chinese emigrants has benefited from loosened migration policies. On one hand, the attitude of the Chinese government towards emigration has changed significantly. Overseas Chinese are considered to be strong supporters for the overall strength of Chinese culture and international influence. On the other hand, migration policies in the United States and Canada are changing with time, expanding migration opportunities for non-European immigrants.
The figures published by the Overseas Community Affairs Council of Taiwan include not only first generation migrants, but also second and latter-generations born in the host country, who still identify as Chinese. Out of this reason, the given figures are substantially higher than figures published by other sources such as the UN and OECD, which only take into account first generation migrants.
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