1 March 2013


Kevin Latham and Bin Wu


  • Chinese immigration into the EU continues to rise, and will do so in the medium term. However, its rate of growth is slowing down. This trend will continue owing to the worsening economic environment and the decreasing economic opportunities in some of the countries hit hardest by the financial crises surrounding the euro.
  • Chinese communities in Europe are constantly changing and dynamic. There is a high degree of fluidity and mobility as well as interaction between different Chinese communities in different EU Member States with higher concentrations of activity in the countries with the largest Chinese populations: the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain.
  • Various important trends and issues in Chinese immigration into the EU have emerged since 2000 that have implications for the future of Chinese communities in the EU, for relations between Chinese immigrants and local populations and for relations between China and the EU and its member countries. These include: the impacts of global and European economic crises; the continuing transformation of the Chinese business landscape; the diversity of forms and levels of integration of Chinese communities in Europe; and the increasing importance of Chinese professionals, highly skilled workers and international students.
This paper forms part of the ECRAN project's publication series. ECRAN is a three-year project funded by the European Union to provide advice on China to European policy makers. More about ECRAN.