The Globalist is out with an article, entitled, The American Dream Is Alive and Well In China, stating that “we heard that if U.S. immigration policies allowed it, 97% of the Chinese people would probably want to move to the United States.”
I talked a bit about this previously in a post entitled, Representing Chinese Companies: We See Some Light:”
Many of the Chinese companies that seek to hire us for one thing (let’s say, forming a US company) really have another goal in mind (let’s say getting visas for their families and getting their kids into U.S. schools). They do not tell us of their real goals until we are way into the project.
Our law firm’s own experiences with Chinese clients does reveal that many Chinese companies retain my law firm to get their companies set up in the United States (mostly) but also in Latin America and the EU, because their owners desperately want their kids to get an education somewhere other than in China.
At least half the time, our meetings with Chinese companies looking to come to the United States devolve into a conversation as to whether it is really true that their five year old kid (yes, the kid is usually five years old!) will immediately be able to get into a top neighborhood school for free. I swear that our saying “yes” to that question triples the chances of some sort of cross border transaction going through. Were it not for so many Chinese wanting a better life for their kids, my law firm’s foreign direct investment work would be considerably less.
The United States and Canada are the number one and two most desired countries for people from Asia, according to this recent Gallup survey. The reason the United States scores so well is “opportunity,” including for children, which translates into education.
UPDATE: In Special delivery: mainland mothers heading to US to give birth, Shanghaiist writes how wealthy Chinese mothers-to-be are hopping on airplanes to the United States so their kids can attain United States citizenship by being born there.
But still, 97%. Can that really be? What do you think? 97%, real or made-up out of whole cloth? Me, I think it’s a bit high, but not by much.