American businesses are struggling to persuade overseas staff to join them in China due to the country’s strict COVID-19 control measures and ongoing lockdowns, the American Chamber of Commerce in China said on Monday.

In a survey of 121 members, 49% said foreign workers are either significantly less likely to – or are refusing to – move to China because of COVID-related policies, with 82% singling out uncertainty over how long quarantine and lockdown times will last as the main reason.

“We are bracing for a mass exodus of foreign talent this summer, with fewer employees overseas willing to take up open positions here in China,” said Chamber Chairman Colm Rafferty.


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