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Chinese nationals face a bleak future in Africa

Most Asian expatriates are either too poor or too tied into African economies to move elsewhere.

The Chinese flag. Picture: freeimages.com.

JOHANNESBURG - Chinese nationals who have settled in Africa are facing an unsure future as the world's economy comes under pressure.

An estimated two million Asian expatriates have settled in Africa.

The bulk of them are either too poor or too tied into African economies to move elsewhere.

The Chinese and other expatriate communities in Africa are extremely diverse, and for a certain slice of that community the new, grim economic realities pose real challenges.

These include China investing less in Africa and buying fewer commodities from her.

The flow of Chinese migrants into Africa has slowed.

Some who have been here for decades are moving on or thinking of doing so.

This is not possible with those who have businesses or farms.

They are hostages to fortune relying on an economic upturn either here or back in China.

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