About our project

Immigrants in China, with its full project title “Immigration and the Transformation of Chinese Society”, is a three-year collaborative research project between European and Chinese researchers (2015-2018). As a part of the China-Europe “Understanding Population Change” Collaborative Research Initiative, the project utilizes multidisciplinary research methodologies (social and cultural anthropology, demography, international relations and politics, legal studies, business studies, media studies, and education) to study the dynamics and implications of foreign immigration to China.

Our research projects cover several regions in China and engage a wide range of topics and issues, namely: demographic transitions (Fudan University research members), immigration laws and border controls (Cologne University research members), cross-border marriages (Manchester University research members), global traders in Chinese markets (Oxford and Leiden Universities research members), and international students in China (ESSCA research members).

Immigrants in China is funded by the Agence Nationale de la Rocherche (ANR France), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG Germany), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC UK), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC China) and the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO Netherlands).

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Pedestrian underpass leading to Baoshan Street, Guangzhou, 2013 (Photo by Li Dong)