This book explores how far existing networks of overseas Chinese and new flows of migrants act as drivers of economic relations between China and the host countries. It considers migration, trade, the flow of capital, and foreign direct investment, includes both skilled and unskilled migrants, and outlines the complex different waves of migration flows. It includes detailed case studies, based on extensive original research, on the position in a range of European countries, and concludes with policy-oriented analysis and with an overall assessment of how far the Chinese diaspora matters in stimulating increased bilateral economic activity and stronger bilateral economic relationships.
"A great contribution of the book lies in the fact that it illustrates that for investment, an existing overseas community might not be as important as different economic theories have suggested… In conclusion, this volume answers the questions it sets out to respond to and therefore provides a well-written and constructive attempt at shining more light on the relationship between migration, diaspora communities and investment in and to Europe."
Felix Wiebrecht, Department of Politics, East China Normal University, China
Introduction: Chinese Migrations and Economic Relations with Europe Marco Sanfilippo and Agnieszka Weinar 1. Chinese Investment Strategies and Migration: Does Diaspora Matter? Frank N. Pieke and Tabitha Speelman 2. The Role of Migration in Shaping China’s Economic Relations with its main Partners Haiyan Zhang 3. Chinese Immigrant Businesses in the Industrial District of Prato and their Interpretation Gabi Dei Ottati 4. The Transformation of the Chinese Business Community in Portugal in the Context of Crisis and of China’s ‘Go Global’ Annette Bongardt and Miguel Santos Neves 5. Chinese Investment Strategies and Migration – Does Diaspora Matter? A Case Study on Germany Margot Schüller and Yun Schüler-Zhou 6. Chinese Investment Strategies and Migration – Does Diaspora Matter? Chinese Migrants in Poland Paweł Kaczmarczyk, Monika Szulecka and Joanna Tyrowicz 7. The Chinese in Russia: friends or foes? Investment strategies and migration patterns between neighbours Ekaterina Selezneva