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Since the Reform and Opening-Up Policy, the Chinese government has gradually relaxed its study-abroad policy and started dispatching its students abroad to study. According to statistics, up to now, the total population of Chinese students studying abroad has exceeded 900,000. 1 What accompanies the large-scale studying abroad tide are the changes in the local identity of international students – the students are converted into new immigrants. This paper elaborates on the situation of Chinese students who have immigrated to overseas since the Reform and Opening-Up Policy. In addition, based on the case study of Singapore, the reason, current situation and immigration reason of overseas students are discussed and analyzed in order to reflect the immigration situation of Chinese overseas students. 1. Overview of local settlement of Chinese overseas students since the Reform and Opening-Up PolicyIn the two decades from 1978 to 1999, the population of overseas students who studied abroad reached about 320,000. 5 The distribution of these overseas students is characteristic of large-scale decentralization and small-scale concentration. In other words, the overseas students are widely distributed in 103 countries and regions in the world, and 90% are concentrated in developed countries, such as the United States, Japan, Australia, Canada and Western Europe. In recent years, some Asian countries, including Singapore, South Korea and Malaysia, have also gradually attracted a large number of Chinese students with their unique advantages. With the deepening of globalization, the population of Chinese overseas students continues to rise. From 1999 to now, the total population of Chinese students studying abroad has increased by more than 600,000 and the proportion of students settling in the countries where they study has also been growing 8. 2. Reason for Chinese students to study in Singapore In addition to the beautiful environment, suitable climate, easy visa application and stable economic development situation, Singapore attracts Chinese students with other unique advantages. First of all, Singapore has a well-established education system and maintains a high education level, which has been widely recognized by the world. Singapore adheres to the British education system and aims to cultivate the elite talents. In the meanwhile, Singapore provides a balanced education for everyone and tries its best to fully develop students’ potentials and thinking abilities. In addition, Singaporean education possesses a unique bilingual teaching mode, which is dominated by English teaching and supplemented by Chinese teaching, thus strengthening the English proficiency and application capability of Chinese students and lifting the concern that some students cannot communicate successfully upon arrival in foreign countries because of language barriers. Secondly, Singapore is an immigrant country in which the Chinese are the main body. Therefore, it has ingrained historical and cultural inheritance relationships with China, which avoids the huge psychological gap of Chinese overseas students due to the great differences in social awareness and cultural values. Thirdly, Singapore government adopts the idea of “building a nation based on talents” as its main development strategy. In order to attract Chinese talents and open up the overseas student market in China, Singapore government has launched a series of international student programs including the Education Honorary Partnership Program, Education Boarding Program, Mother Companionship Studying Program, Overseas Student Financial Assistance Plans, etc. The introduction of these policies has provided a safe and stable study environment for overseas students and has relieved the students and their parents from many worries. 


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