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[AUDIO] The Hopes and Despair of African Migrants in China

Unlike the United States and countries in Europe, China has never been regarded as a popular destination for economic migrants. Today, that is no longer the case. China’s four-decade long economic boom is now a magnet for immigrants, particularly from Africa. The Guangzhou Dream Factory is a new documentary produced by a pair of American filmmakers that explores the promise ... Read More »

[AUDIO] How Rwanda attracts Chinese money and migrants without the lure of natural resources

 It is a widely-held perception that Chinese investment in Africa is guided by a strategic foreign policy agenda focused on securing vast amount of natural resources. This narrative fits nicely with an outdated Western colonial stereotype of how foreign countries engage Africa. However, in the case of the Chinese, this narrative is only partially correct. Earlier this year, the China-Africa ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Why Gambian migrants are giving up on their “China Dream”

They did not know very much about China but they had heard it was the world’s second largest economy and Africa’s leading trading partner, so they assumed there must be opportunity. Europe, of course, was their first choice but with EU countries overwhelmed by migrants and cracking down on smugglers, China would have to do. Lured by deceptive visa brokers, ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China was once a hot destination for African migrants, not any more

It was not that long ago that entire neighborhoods in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou were overflowing with African migrants. Although there are no precise figures, scholars estimated that between 20,000-100,000 African immigrants used to lived in Guangzhou, or as it is glibly known as “chocolate city.” Today, those same neighborhoods, once filled with halal food shops and other ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Who are the Chinese in Africa?

Some say the number of Chinese in Africa now exceeds one million people, some even go as high as two million. Although no one has a precise accounting of just how many Chinese migrants now live on the continent, there is no doubt their numbers are large and growing. This week, we speak with Dr. Yoon Jung Park, one of ... Read More »