Haigui is the Chinese term to describe people who return to China having studied abroad. It sounds like the Chinese word for sea turtle, but is also used to represent the fact that these returnees often travel great distances to come home, just like migratory sea turtles. Illustration: Kaliz Lee

China’s crowded labour market is making life tough for foreign workers and new graduate ‘sea turtles’

  • Overseas-trained talent known as ‘haigui’ are no longer seen as having an advantage over locally educated employees
  • In the 40 years since opening up began, a total of 3.13 million sea turtles or 83.73 per cent of the Chinese students who graduated abroad have returned home
Topic |   China economy

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Haigui is the Chinese term to describe people who return to China having studied abroad. It sounds like the Chinese word for sea turtle, but is also used to represent the fact that these returnees often travel great distances to come home, just like migratory sea turtles. Illustration: Kaliz Lee
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