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Romania ‘welcomes Chinese with open arms’ as Canada tightens immigration policy

Romania has announced its doors are wide open to the Chinese in a bid to boost its appeal to wealthy mainlanders after Canada tightened its immigration policy.

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 February, 2014, 12:10pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 22 February, 2014, 2:26pm

As Canada tightens its immigration policies amid a crush of wealthy mainlanders, Romania is opening its doors wide to Chinese immigrants.

Chinese looking to move to the southeastern European country would be warmly welcomed, former Romanian prime minister Petre Roman said during a trip to Beijing.

"We're used to seeing people move out of our country to Western Europe, so we don't have problems with immigration like many countries do," Roman said. "We welcome immigrants from China."

He said that Chinese were "well accepted" in Romanian society.

A rising number of wealthy Chinese are moving to the United States and Europe. Another favoured destination, Canada, has signalled a change in policy with the termination of its Immigrant Investor Programme, which saw about 45,000 mainland applications cancelled.

Roman said there were about 40,000 Chinese in Romania, which has a population of roughly 20.1 million. An investor immigration scheme requires an applicant to invest at least €1 million (HK$10.6 million) or create 100 jobs to become a permanent resident in Romania.

Tang Feiyang, an immigration consultant with the Shenzhen-based Exchange International Service, said most Chinese immigrants applied to Romania for gaining access to the European Union, but that its language and culture made it a choice for only a small minority.

"Most people still want to move to the US, Hong Kong or Macau," Tang said. "European countries, including Portugal, Cyprus and Greece, are also considered, but Romania is uncommon. There are better options for rich Chinese."

Former Dutch prime minister Wim Kok also travelled to the capital with Roman. The two men were in Beijing representing the Club of Madrid, a group of former democratically elected leaders. They were invited by the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs to a forum on social inclusion.

Kok said the Netherlands, in contrast to Romania, was becoming more selective in admitting immigrants owing to a lack of jobs, but added that the country still welcomed skilled people and students.

He said there were about 100,000 Chinese in the country. An investor immigration scheme requires that immigrants invest at least €1.25 million in a Dutch company.

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jiawang@adb.org
Only desperate Chinese will go to Romania.
Dai Muff
Why not? All the Romanians are moving out of the country.
bluepaper.frame
Roman doesn't seem to be aware of the fraud triggered by this program. All he see is the potential money, but the Chinese who came to Canada mainly parachuted their wives and child here, while they continued working in China/ HK/Taiwan. They were not interested in investing, but in obtaining permanent residency and eventually, Canadian citizenship.
Roman is an ignorant politician.
crbfile
Romania issues an EU passport. Who gives a faack about Chinese and Romania conditions as long as a Chinese can get a Romanian passport they can live and travel as they please in the EU. so, that's a huge WIN for them!
adrian.puenary
Reality is that Romania and China are tight since the times Romania was the only friend China had, during Soviet times. Chinese never forget a friend even is small and far away. Romania and Soviet Union never got along ( read about "Cold War within Cold War, Romanian exceptionalism, by Paul Wood. ), so that made China and Romania stand their ground against Soviet Union. Read about it , very interesting. I had questions myself about it, when I traveled to Shanghai with a Romanian partner, last year. I was treated little too cold since I am an American, but the Romanian employee got hugs and smiles from everyone. Then I found out why...
bagelbagel
Americans especially, do not get many hugs around the world these days any way.
Untersberg
"Roman was born in Bucharest. His father, Valter Roman, born Ernst or Ernő Neuländer of Transylvanian Jewish descent,[2] was a veteran of the Spanish Civil War, a Comintern activist, and a prominent member of the Romanian Communist Party. His mother Hortensia Vallejo was of Spanish and Basque origin.[3] "- Wikipedia
Not very Romanian to me.
ennoun
Interesting, since thousands of Romanian's are leaving their country for the UK. Wonder why?
bluepaper.frame
I beg to differ. All those interested in a passport that allows them to travel in the EU will find the Romanian opportunity a valid trampoline.
Would you say that all those Chinese who went to Africa were...desperate? Botswana... does it ring a bell?
likingming
Very soon, all other EU countries will compete to attract the mainlanders to migrate there.

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