Caixin
Feb 01, 2016 04:42 PM

China Now Learning It Has 'Environmental Migrants'

Since the beginning of winter, many of China's cities, including the capital, have been smothered in smog repeatedly. The horrendous air quality not only depresses people, it is also driving more and more of them to pack up and leave cities – and even to consider emigration.

The latest Hurun Report of the richest Chinese, published in July by the Hurun Research Institute in Shanghai, showed that pollution is one of the top three reasons cited by wealthy people for leaving the country for good. The other two reasons are seeking better education for children and food-safety concerns. The report said about one-third of China's richest people have emigrated.

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