China’s African population declines amid slowdown, crackdown

Heidi Østbø Haugen was quoted in an article by the Associated Press on 18 November 2016.

Heidi Østbø Haugen

Heidi Østbø Haugen, Postdoctoral research fellow at the Dept. of Human Geography.

Dreams are fading in China for African traders like Mouhamadou Moustapha Dieng, who in 2003 was among the first wave of Africans to set up homes and companies in this port city and forge trading links between China and the African continent.

Heidi Haugen, who researches Africans in China at the University of Oslo, said that the government wants to appear "in control to their local constituents — although they're not elected, that's an all-important part of legitimizing the government."

"So if the immigrant population becomes too large and too visible, then that can become a political problem in itself," she said.

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Published Nov. 21, 2016 3:33 PM - Last modified July 6, 2017 8:48 AM