Caixin
Dec 31, 2022 11:45 AM
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With Jobs at Home Scarce, Young Chinese Are Heading to Africa

Locals flock to one of Africa’s largest open-air markets in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on May 26. Photo: IC Photo
Locals flock to one of Africa’s largest open-air markets in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on May 26. Photo: IC Photo

(Sixth Tone) — When Zhu Yuying began looking for graduate jobs this fall, the finance major quickly realized it was going to be tough going.

The 24-year-old sent out around 70 applications, attended rounds of interviews, but only managed to secure offers for positions providing meager starting salaries of 90,000 yuan — just under $13,000 — per year.

Then, one day, a video caught his eye on the Chinese social platform Bilibili. In it, a vlogger suggested an unconventional way to find a high-paying job: moving to Africa.

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