Thursday, August 24, 2006

Reverse Migration to China?

Philip Hu fled Shanghai as a child after the communists took over China in 1949. After growing up in Taiwan, he went to UC Berkeley and eventually became a Silicon Valley tech executive. But he and his wife, Tanlie Chao, 55, have sold their house in San Jose and plan to retire to Shanghai in September, part of a reverse migration that reflects a turnabout among Chinese emigres. "I've been living here and speak the language," said Hu, 60. "But inside I'm very Chinese."   For more on the growing reverse migration to China, click here.

More generally, one gap in the data about immigration is how many migrants in fact return to their native lands.  Many immigrants come to the United States only to return home for a variety of reasons.


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