Overseas Chinese top the world at 45 million
Fri, Jun 18, 2010
China Daily/Asia News Network

The number of overseas Chinese has reached 45 million, becoming the world's largest overseas group, according to the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council cited in Guangzhou Daily.

Many of the new emigrants are choosing to live in Europe, according to the office's deputy director Xu Yousheng.

When asked about attitudes towards citizens moving abroad, Xu said, "With the precondition of legality, we respect their right and choice, protect their legitimate rights abroad, and will guide them to assimilate with local society, to make due economic contributions."

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