It Only Took One Riot for China to Quietly Remove Their African Migrants


– 27 June 2016 –



American Renaissance shares a CNN article that bemoans the exodus of African migrants from China:

Emmanuel Ojukwu, the self-proclaimed Head of Africans in China, and the ambassador of the Nigerian community — one of the largest African groups in Guangzhou — is despondently spread out on a sofa inside a clothing warehouse, where the halls are eerily devoid of customers.

“So many people went home at Christmas and did not return,” he says.

The true scale of the African population in Guangzhou is hard to ascertain due to the itinerant nature of many traders — some enter and exit the city multiple times per year — and the thousands who overstay their visas.

Castillo believes the Chinese government itself has no accurate idea of the African population’s size, although at the height of the Ebola crisis in late 2014, it said just 16,000 Africans called the city home.

The streets of Little Africa certainly seem quieter than when I first visited 2 years ago.

“There is, indeed, an apparent lessening number of Africans in the city,” says Gordon Matthews, a professor of anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who has studied globalization in Guangzhou.

[. . .]

In 2013, China updated its legislation governing foreigners — the Exit-Entry Administration Law — for the first time since 1986.

Africans who had lived in Guangzhou for years, paid taxes there, fed Chinese-run factories and warehouses with business, and perhaps even married a Chinese national, hoped the reforms would offer them a path to genuine residency.

“It was very disappointing,” says Castillo. “Very vague, and very similar to the 1986 law. The message was: you’re foreigners, it’s not going to be easy.” The only clear changes were harsher penalties for those who overstay visas and work illegally.

[. . .]

In 2014, the government embarked on the “beautification” of Dengfeng, disrupting life for many residents.

This year-long upgrade tore down signage celebrating foreign trade, banned street markets that had been the area’s lifeblood, widened and resurfaced roads and introduced a heavy police presence.

[. . .]

Diallo says police check Africans’ passports from dawn ’til dusk, at their homes, hotel rooms and on the streets, a story corroborated by Matthews.

“Look around the world,” says Mwamba,”you will see Chinatowns, even in Africa. But here they don’t want foreigners to be together here, to do things the way the Chinese do them overseas.”

Since the renovations, the majority of Africans have left this part of Little Africa, either moving to other areas of the city or out of China for good, leaving the once vibrant streets bare.

[. . .]

After 13 years in China, he is ready to go home. This is not a retreat — more a decision to use his know-how where it’s needed most.

“Everyone wants to go back to their own African country and start something,” he says. “We’ve learned here about small factories, trade.

“We should return home and apply that knowledge.”

Yes, Mwamba, you should. Your nation needs you more than the Chinese do.

The CNN article blames the emigration from China on a slowing Chinese economy and Chinese racism. But they conveniently forget the 2012 riots in Guangzhou, or “Chocolate City” as the CNN article so romantically called it.

This June 19, 2012 Business Insider article describes the riot:

According to Chinese sources cited in Western media, more than 100 migrants in the city of Guangzhou held a protest that stopped traffic today. The protests reportedly began after an African migrant died in police custody on Monday following a disagreement over the sale of an electric bicycle.

Images posted on Weibo paint a chaotic scene. This photo, posted by @ndgz, shows the scale of the protest:


Another photo, posted by @onccnews seems to show migrants fighting with police officers:


These scenes wouldn’t look out of place in Africa, in inner-city America, or in the “chocolate cities” of Europe.

Unlike the Americans and Europeans, however, China got one taste of black rioting and they decided to crack down on migrants in 2013 with the Exit-Entry Administration Law. And now they launch a “beautification” of their city. A brilliantly subtle plan on the part of the Chinese with a clever and funny name.

Here’s a look at Guangzhou before and after beautification:


Before Beautification in 2014: Look at all that vibrant diversity! Looks like the international carnival’s in town, but who wants to take their children or their wives here?


After Beautification in 2016: Old Chinese men and unattended women can once again wander the streets in their own country.

How long before cities in America and Europe begin to launch their own “beautification” programs?

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  1. Reblogged this on The way I see things … and commented:
    There is a difference in tolerating and allowing destruction … America allows immigrants to destroy our waymof life instead of requiring immigrants to assimilate,.
    ” Unlike the Americans and Europeans, however, China got one taste of black rioting and they decided to crack down on migrants in 2013 with the Exit-Entry Administration Law. And now they launch a “beautification” of their city. A brilliantly subtle plan on the part of the Chinese with a clever and funny name.”


    • Thanks, Lisa.

      We tolerate way too much here from our immigrants and minorities. If we were as racist as they say, then ironically we would not let them have free reign in our countries and we’d act more like China. Immigration policy is for the benefit of the citizens of the destination countries.

      Most people in the U.S. share what seems to be your opinion about our immigrants, that if they work hard and assimilate as much as they can, showing loyalty to our country, then they will become acceptable to us no matter where they come from.

      But I disagree with this view for the most part. Immigrants will keep many of their inherent cultural traits no matter how much they appear to assimilate, and if we want to remain a distinct nation of people, then we have to keep the number of all immigrants, and especially those of a different race, to low levels. I’m sure that we can benefit from the best that any nation can provide us, but such immigrants must be few enough that they will melt away without affecting the ethnicity of the host nation.

      Still, I’m sure that we both agree that our situation today is a total disaster.

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      • Janus, I see your points and know the truth is you are correct. America is at a critical time. For the moment, I feel ALL immigration into our Nation should be halted.


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