January 12, 2014
Not without pride, the Chinese media recently reported on the number of foreigners who have made use of the new possibility of visa-free travel if staying in the mainland for less than 72 hours. Meanwhile, fellow Chinese from the mainland may visit the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau for just one week without a visa. Moreover, despite careful reforms, a so-called migrant worker within the mainland who, say, comes from Changsha in Hunan province to work in the capital Beijing does not have access to the same social benefits as a fellow Chinese country(wo)man who is originally from Beijing, as proven by his/her Hukou.
Meanwhile, Europe discusses freedom of movement, too, but on a whole different scale. As of 1 January 2014, Bulgarians and Romanians enjoy the same privileges of freedom of movement as all other EU citizens. ‘Finally’, one might say. After all, both countries have been […]