Some time ago I posted about how, in addition to Chinese cultural and economic contact with Africa, African immigrant communities, especially Nigerian neighborhoods, were emerging in China. Well they are still there but the recession has caused the Chinese government to crack down on those in the country illegally. It raises the question of whether international human rights groups will care. Certainly there won’t be any protests in China where people chant that “no one is illegal”.
In more immigrant irony, a UAE official created a controversy when he encouraged non-nationals (i.e. immigrants and temporary workers, of which most of the country is composed) to learn Arabic rather than just English, the language of business. The story is covered in this Arabian Business article. Interestingly, some of the commenters claim that they are actually better off hiding their knowledge of Arabic as it reduces their social standing among local employers and fellow employees.
And then, in another article, the same official expresses concern that foreigners stay too much with their own kind and don’t integrate well. That’s an amusingly familiar complaint though it is a little harder for foreigners to integrate with the locals in the UAE since there are so few locals compared with foreigners.