China’s new state immigration administration and exit-entry administration, attached to the Ministry of Public Security, formally started operations on April 2nd.
“The founding of the state immigration administration is aimed at enhancing the Party’s leadership over immigration and border control affairs, pooling resources to improve management of immigration and better serving the country’s development and opening-up,” said Guo Shengkun, member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, at an inauguration ceremony.
According to the Center for China and Globalization, “Several functions will be assigned to the newly established State Immigration Administration, including making and implementing immigration policies, managing entry and exit affairs of Chinese citizens and foreigners, and so forth. This move shows that the international migration issue has become a key priority for Chinese government.”
The China Daily reported that the new administration will have responsibility for drafting and coordinating immigration policies and supervising their implementation, as well as managing “border control, foreigners’ stays, refugees and nationality.
“It will take the lead in dealing with foreigners who enter illegally and will repatriate illegal immigrants,” stated the China Daily report. “It will also offer exit and entry management services for Chinese citizens on private affairs and actively engage in international cooperation involving immigration.”