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Forums > Living in Kunming > laowai stats

Would be helpful to get hold of the composition of nationalities in Yunnan to see if lemon's theory holds true.

My limited understanding of the Myanmar situation is that Rohingya Muslims mostly fled Myanmar's ethnic cleansing in '17 to Bangladesh. During the crisis, China mostly acted as mediator advocating repatriation. Did (and would) China officially grant a safe haven in Yunnan for these Rohingya Muslims? My assumption is had these war refugees crossed into the Chinese side, for example to Ruili, the border crossing would've likely been illegal in nature, thus their foreign residency may have been off the books.

As for the more recent army coup. Rumors were Myanmar’s pro-democracy movement actually blamed China of conspiring with the military junta. Chinese factories in Myanmar's biggest city Yangon were attacked for this reason. If hearsay were true, would the Chinese government counterintuintively harbor these pro-democracy civilians with visa? This is assuming pro-military coup civilians would contently stay put in Myanmar.

Forums > Living in Kunming > laowai stats

Agreed. Our province bordering Vietnam, Maynmar, and Laos would in fact increase foreigners count here in Yunnan. Yet, they've always shared land borders with Yunnan, so why now? It would be interesting to see the composition of nationalities, which the latest census has yet to release.

According to Caixin Global, China's first national 10-year census started in 1953. However, only the previous census ten years ago began covering overseas residents in China.

So some context may be useful:

"The number of overseas residents in Beijing dropped from more than 107,000 in 2010 to around 62,000, while those in Shanghai fell from 208,000 to about 164,000. Guangdong, which hosted more than 316,000 overseas residents in 2010, is now home to more than 418,000 such people."[...]

Since the latest door-to-door census was tabulated during this pandemic period, I wonder how the great exodus of foreigners from high volume expat communities of Beijing and Shanghai factored in to their sharp decline.

For Yunnan, overseas resident increased from 79,000 in 2010, to more than 379,000. An enormous 300,000 increase. This growth rate is visibly much higher than that of first place Guangdong. A steeper rate of increase compared to the rate of decline of foreign residents for both Beijing and Shanghai.

This begs the question, why the sudden draw to Yunnan over the past decade? I suspect Yunnan's relative lower cost of living, agreeable clime, and positive word of mouth from GoKunming ;)

Forums > Living in Kunming > COVID 19 vaccine for foreigners

Per your post from Summit News: "China has made COVID-19 anal swab tests mandatory for nearly all international arrivals..."

Most are aware of anal swab testing controversy, but "mandatory" for "nearly all international arrivals?" That deviates from the truth, and from the more left-leaning news sources. Your source needs fact checking.

Forums > Travel Yunnan > Travel restrictions Yunnan

Testing is now required for out-of-province Chinese citizens and foreigners alike entering Yunnan. Major tourist destination cities in Yunnan such as Lijiang and Dali have taken a major hit as of late.


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