Between 2013 and 2017, the number of residents of Heilongjiang province fell by 460,000 to 37.89 million. Photo: Reuters
Between 2013 and 2017, the number of residents of Heilongjiang province fell by 460,000 to 37.89 million. Photo: Reuters

Brain drain in China’s rust belt exacerbated by economic decline as talent competition heats up

  • Weaker economies in Northern provinces lead to talented employees moving to prosperous south, which leads to further economic weakness
  • Housing costs are low in the Northeast, but companies in prosperous southern provinces can offer much higher salaries

Between 2013 and 2017, the number of residents of Heilongjiang province fell by 460,000 to 37.89 million. Photo: Reuters
Between 2013 and 2017, the number of residents of Heilongjiang province fell by 460,000 to 37.89 million. Photo: Reuters
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