Some 81 per cent of surveyed students said they would be willing to stay in mainland China to work after graduating from Chinese universities, according to a study relating to the employment of Hong Kong and Macau students in mainland China.
Carried out by the Beijing Institute of Hong Kong and Macau Scholars (BIHMS), the survey however revealed that only 37 per cent of respondents have successfully found jobs in the Mainland.
The director of BIHMS, Terence Lin suggested that residents from Hong Kong and Macau could be granted a resident identity card to stay in the mainland for an extended period, in order to resolve the issue of not being unable to authenticate the identity of residents from the two SARs.
The survey also pointed out that system barriers, like employment requirements for SARs residents and the related social benefit policies, are major considerations that SARs residents take into account when deciding whether to stay in the Mainland.
Apart from the SARs, the Mainland also holds an appeal for youth from Taiwan, according to reports made by AFP.
Despite the recent tensions between the two regions, the monthly starting salaries for college graduates in Taiwan have remained unchanged at below T$30,000 (MOP7,967/US$1,000) since the 1990s, while property and consumer prices have surged, leading some young Taiwanese to now eye the Mainland for better living standards.
In fact, the Mainland is wooing young Taiwanese talent as a ‘soft power’ to change political sentiment, note some analysts.
A Taiwanese surnamed Wang established a business in Xiamen city, offering a variety of courses for young Chinese women after she quit her kindergarten teaching job in Taipei.
As an incentive, the Xiamen city government offers free housing and office space to Wang.
There is no official data in Taiwan on the number of young people currently working in mainland China. with AFP

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