Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Almost 3,000 foreign employees arrested and deported from China in 2016 - Almost 90% were foreign English TEFL & ESL teachers who accepted illegal jobs from blacklisted agents.

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The Public Security Bureau of China is on a mission to find, arrest and deport 5,000 illegal foreign workers from China in 2017.  Mostly because most of them are unqualified English teachers from abroad that local Chinese claim are stealing teaching jobs from more qualified bi-lingual Chinese graduates who actually majored in English abroad in the U.K., Canada, America, or Australia. Who makes better teachers for Chinese children is a separate debate.  But  what is beyond dispute is the following reality;

* In 2012, only five years ago, less than 1,000 foreign teachers were expelled from China, only one-third of the current number. Back then teachers caught working without a Z visa were simply warned or fined.  Today they are booted out after spending 30 days in jail, paying a $2,000 and sent home as a convicted felon with a 3-5 year reentry ban.  Most will never be able to get another travel visa the rest of their lives because they are now tagged as "illegal migrant worker" and "convicted felon" in the many databases of global law enforcement.

* In 2016 the PSB conducted more than 2,000 random visa check visits in 27 Provinces compared to only 827 in 2014 in six Provinces.  Clearly they have expanded their hunting grounds.

* PSB undercover agents have resorted to posting over 1,600 known sting job ads in thebijinger.com, echinacities.com,  eslcafe.com, gumtree.com, sinocities.com, and craiglist.com.  At first, their bad English gave them away, but in 2016 they must have hired foreign proofreaders because now the ads are undetectable. The PSB claims over 700 foreigners using fake diplomas and illegal visa were caught in their sting operations in 2016.

* The PSB obtained a 6% budget increase to expand their visa enforcement operations in 2017 and are now hiring and training 745 new visa enforcement officers and 210 special investigators to help grow their sting ops.

* 2016 was the first year that the PSB actually started to jail the black agents and recruiters caught selling fake diplomas and TEFL certificates and/or telling new arrivals to China it was okay to work without a Z visa.  Arrested agents were given a choice to pay a 100,000 yuan fine and turn over their phones and hard drives to the PSB (to find and entrap more illegal teachers working in China) or go to prison for 6-12months.

* The PSB increased their public reward from 5,000 rmb to 10,000 rmb to informants who provided information leading to the arrest of illegal foreign workers. One TA we know of earned over $80,000 in just one year snitching out expat workers her boss sold fake university degrees to.  More details are found here:  https://eslwatch.info/en/forum/china/76-china-foreign-teachers-unite-report-fake-unqualified-teachers-to-the-psb.html?start=30.  Our source at the PSB said that roughly 20% of the informants work at the same school as the teachers they reported, which is a bit disturbing in our opinion.

The above chart is self explanatory. Once again, we urge all ESL & TEFL teachers coming to workin China, to follow the law and not the advice or unlicensed recruiters who will not lift a finger to help you, if you get yourself arrested in China.  Here are some links where you can educate yourself BEFORE you send anyone your resume for a job placment in China...


https://eslwatch.info/en/articles/asia-articles/141-china-in-asia-article.html


http://chinateachersalliance.wordpress.com


http://chinafraudpatrol.wordpress.com

Working on an F, M, or L Visa like the one below can get you arrested and jailed on the spot in China, no matter what your job recruiter told you!




Sunday, February 19, 2017

2016 CFTU annual foreign teachers survey reveals that 73% of current ESL & TEFL expat teachers will not stay in China another year creating 18,000 job vacancies.

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This year's annual China Foreign Teachers Union annual survey gave us quite a few surprises - some good and some bad.  First the good news... Identity theft victims in 2016 were down 6% from last year and 27 black ESL job agents were finally arrested and were given a choice to pay 100,000 yuan fine or spend six months in jail. The PSB vows to continue their hunt for agents telling foreigners it is "no problem to work without a Z visa".  13 agents were caught selling forged university degrees and were not given any such choice - they were sentenced to one year in prison.

Some more good news... On average the pay for foreign ESL & TEFL teachers has increased 9% over last year due to the supply shortage of expat teachers and now the average wage for a native English speaking teacher in China is 18,000 yuan per month. Those holding education degrees are earning an average of 22,000 yuan per month. For non-native English speaking teachers with no education degree, the average salary is now 15,250 yuan per month and those holding an education degree are earning an average of 16,500 yuan per month.  If you are not earning this much, it is time for you to demand a raise!

Now the bad news... (although there may be a silver lining in this for some of you who decide to remain in China).  According to our survey results, a whopping 73% of expat foreign teachers now working in China, say they are making this their last year in the Middle Kingdom and will work elsewhere after their contracts expire in June.
Here are the reasons they cited:

1) Air and water pollution are now at dangerous levels (42% of the 73%)

2) Salaries are much higher in Korea, Japan, and Singapore (39% of the 73%)

3) Cheated by employer, agents, or recruiters,  (10% of the 73%)

4) Worried about the Hepatitis epidemic in China (7% of the 73%)

5) Family issues back home (2% of the 73%)


Although the Chinese government has pledged to clean up the pollution, and they have actually begun to do so by shutting down 7 of the 212 coal burning plants in China, the net improvement has not been that noticeable. Perhaps by 2025 we may no longer require air filter masks if they keep closing 7 coal plants a year.  This documentary film about China's horrific pollution problems received over 30 million views in just 1 month. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6X2uwlQGQM#t=45 Of course, the pollution in China varies by region as this regional map explains quite well:


And the below chart indicates just how toxic the Beijing and Shanghai air becomes five months of the year. Researchers at Berkley even say that it is better to smoke a pack of cigarettes every day than to breathe Beijing's air!  This is not a choice anyone whould have to make in our opinion!  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3201954/Breathing-Beijing-s-air-equivalent-smoking-FORTY-cigarettes-day-Smog-map-China-reveals-shocking-extent-pollution.html
In 2016 the air pollution got so bad that the Ministry of Education closed the public schools for five days and warned parents to keep their children home because the API index exceeded the toxic level. No such warning were issued to the foreign teachers however. The photo below shows the difference between a summer and winter day in Beijing:



Some more bad news is that 27% of our foreign teachers in China that were surveyed say they now do not feel very welcome in China and some have even been insulted by students and parents when they were caught making spelling or grammar errors in the classroom. Even the Chinese government is growing more critical and less tolerant of unqualified or low-skilled expat teachers as reflected in this recent Global Times newspaper   article:  http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/981575.shtml

But the worst news for 2016 is that a record number of foreign teachers were arrested, jailed, fined, and deported from China, mostly for two reasons; 1) Working without a real Z visa in their passport, and 2) Caught working with forged university degree. Of the 2,987 foreigners that were deported, 2,712 were deported for the above reasons. Other were ejected for acts of violence, "bad behavior" or discovered to have a contagious disease (ie. Hepatitis, HIV, TB, etc.)

Now about that silver lining... Since there will be almost 18,000 ESL & TEFL job vacancies next September, those of you who decide to stay in China can demand a huge pay increase of at least 5,000 rmb per month and/or a housing allowance since the cost of housing has increased 7% over last year in the big cities on average. Over the past 5 years this housing increase was 31% on average, while average wages for foreign teachers increased only by 10.5%.

Some things never change from year to year as foreigners working in China still give high marks for the variety of delicious foods, tourist sites, and for the friends they have made here. In 2016, 8% of those surveyed claimed to have found their soul-mate in China and have either married them or plan to soon.

Our complete 2016 Annual report is available to members by email and will be published in the March CFTU newsletter.


Additional Reading:  http://www.floridatoday.com/picture-gallery/news/2016/11/17/poor-air-quality-plagues-china-as-authorities-issue-a-warning/94023712/ and also http://pollutionpictures.blogspot.sg/2011/01/woww-most-polluted-cities-are-in-china.html

NOTE:  Our 2017 Blacklist and White List were both recently updated. Just scroll down to view or visit http://www.chinaforeigntecahersunion.org

Friday, February 10, 2017

CFTU Updates 2017 China Foreign Teachers Union Blacklist of Schools, Recruiters, & Agents

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Although we recommend that any and all ESL & TEFL teachers coming to work in China simply use a white-listed school that is SAFEA registered and SAIC licensed, we get demands for updates on our blacklist, so it is was update as of January 15th and just released after being prrof-read.  Please do your own due-diligence and remember that agents and recruiters using only Chinglish names like "Victor Li" or "Jane Zhang" should be avoided if they do not show you their original government ID card showing their true and legal Chinese names. To know what this card looks like, please see the example posted here:  https://www.scam.com/showthread.php?704467-UPDATED-China-Liars-List-ESL-TEFL-Teacher-Job-Scams-Internships-Exporters-etc-BLACKLIST

You will also find other good advice there as well. The 2017 CFTU Blacklist now contains 927 blacklisted entities. Many of those outed in the past simply started using new names and emails. Many have changed the name of their companies. This is why we now update the list every three months and you can read it at this address. http://www.chinaforeignteachersunion.org

Also remember, IF you are a native English speaker you should not accept any part or full time work that pays less than 250 yuan per hour or 20,000 pe rmonth. If you are native ENglish speaker with an Education degree you would be cheating yourself to work for less than 300 yuan per hour or 25,000 yuan per month 

Also be aware that since 2014, you have plenty of rights as a foreign employee if you are in fact legally hired with a Z visa. You can review your rights and contract tips at the below links.  Good luck and enjoy your China adventure peng you!

https://www.eslwatch.info/en/articles/asia-articles/141-china-in-asia-article.html 

We also warn you not to even send your resume to anyone related to a China teaching job, until you first read three links to help keep you safe from scams:

http://ChinaScamWatch.wordpress.com

http://ESLWatch.info/forum/china

http://ChinaScamWatch.org