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Biao Xiang (BA and MA, Beijing University; PhD, Oxford University) is a Professor of Social Anthropology at Oxford University.
He is the author of The Intermediary Trap (Princeton University Press, forthcoming), Global Bodyshopping (Princeton University Press, 2007; winner of 2008 Anthony Leeds Prize; Chinese edition by Peking University Press, 2012), Transcending Boundaries (Chinese edition by Sanlian Press, 2000; English edition by Brill Academic Publishers, 2005), and Return: Nationalizing Transnational Mobility in Asia (co-edited with Brenda Yeoh and Mika Toyota, Duke University Press, 2013).
He has published more than 40 articles, including one awarded the 2012 William L. Holland Prize for outstanding article in Pacific Affairs.
This report analyzes the evolution of Chinese emigration from the 1970s, when market-oriented reforms began reducing barriers to movement beyond the country's borders, to the present day. High-skilled and high-value emigration is rising fast. Despite liberalized exit controls, low-skilled labor migration is stagnant as a result of complicated and expensive recruitment procedures.