In spite of the meteoric rise of China in the world, more skilled professionals are leaving its shores than ever before. They are opting for freedom and less stressful lives in countries such as Australia, United States and even the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, a New York Times report says.
The daily quotes Chen Kuo, a 30-year-old mother from Beijing: "It's very stressful in China " sometimes I was working 128 hours a week for my auditing company," Ms Chen said in her Beijing apartment a few hours before leaving. "And it will be easier raising my children as Christians abroad. It is more free in Australia."
Critics of China's development pattern have always said that unhealthy working conditions and extremely long hours, coupled with an aging population may apply brakes on its frenetic pace of growth. Other critics of the paradigm also blame Beijing and its communist leadership of total neglect of ecological and environmental conditions and hold Beijing responsible for disregarding the country's traditional moral and social fabric.
The report said, "In 2010, the last year for which complete statistics are available, 508,000 Chinese left for the 34 developed countries that make up the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. That is a 45 percent increase over 2000."...more
05:47 PM, Nov 01, 2012