Lacking a single immigration code, Chinese immigration law is widespread, encompassing a variety of laws, regulations and policies, some of which are internal and closed. There is also no immigration cases system. These factors have combined to make the study and understanding of the system difficult for those outside or unfamiliar with this area of Chinese law. To add to this complexity, since the reform and opening-up policy in 1978, Chinese immigration law has been experiencing significant change. In particular, that brought about by the acceptance of a market economy in 1991, and with access to World Trade Organization membership in 2001. Due to the dilation of the legislation, the issue of conflict between Chinese immigration law and other Chinese laws has become serious. This book provides a comprehensive, up-to-date, and readily-accessible reference to Chinese immigration law. It provides the necessary detail, insight and background information for a thorough understanding of this complex system. The book has been written on the basis of Chinese statutes while also including coverage of the relevant international instruments. The work draws on and compares Chinese and English language sources, making it an invaluable resource for both Chinese and non-Chinese readers alike.
'Most issues concerning China are either misunderstood, exaggerated or simply not well appreciated. The question of immigration is no exception. Professor Liu's work takes the mystery out of China's immigration policies by providing a masterly and objective analytical account that is insightful, detailed and authoritative. For Western policy makers and students interested in China's migration law, this book is an invaluable resource.' Sam Blay, University of Technology Sydney, Australia 'While the ongoing boom of the Chinese economy continues to attract foreign investors, the country While the ongoing boom of the Chinese economy continues to attract foreign investors, the country is still lacking well-structured, easily understandable migration legislation. In this situation, Guofu Liu's book provides for a comprehensive and detailed overview over all the relevant aspects of Chinese migration law and, thus, constitutes a most useful source of information on this important subject. Rainer Hofmann, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Germany