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The share of Chinese students who return home after studying abroad has spiked in the last decade, Quartz reports, citing Chinese government data.

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Adapted from a Quartz chart. Data: China Ministry of Education; Chart: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

By the numbers: In the early 2000s, only one or two of every 10 Chinese students studying abroad returned to China after graduation. In 2017, around eight in 10 students chose to go back home.

  • Worth noting: The trend of Chinese students going abroad for degrees isn't slowing down.

What's happening:

  • China's job market is strong, and there are plenty of opportunities for recent graduates — especially if they are willing to work in some of China's smaller cities, per Quartz. However, the job search can still be difficult in some high-tech sectors, Axios' Steve LeVine reports.
  • The Chinese government is offering incentives, like allowances, housing and health care benefits, to lure graduates back home, reports the Economist.
  • At the same time, Western countries are cracking down on immigration. And the United States — a top destination for Chinese students — is making it harder for students to stay in the country after graduation.

Go deeper: Foreign students have begun to shun the United States.

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The social media addiction bubble

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Right now, everyone from Senate leaders to the makers of Netflix's popular "Social Dilemma" is promoting the idea that Facebook is addictive.

Yes, but: Human beings have raised fears about the addictive nature of every new media technology since the 18th century brought us the novel, yet the species has always seemed to recover its balance once the initial infatuation wears off.

Young people's next big COVID test

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Young, healthy people will be at the back of the line for coronavirus vaccines, and they'll have to maintain their sense of urgency as they wait their turn — otherwise, vaccinations won't be as effective in bringing the pandemic to a close.

The big picture: "It’s great young people are anticipating the vaccine," said Jewel Mullen, associate dean for health equity at the University of Texas. But the prospect of that enthusiasm waning is "a cause for concern," she said.

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New Zealand authorities charge 13 parties over deadly volcano eruption

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at New Zealand's parliament in Wellington. Photo: Mark Tantrum Photography via Getty Images

New Zealand authorities laid safety violation charges Monday against 10 organizations and three individuals over the fatal Whakaari/White Island volcanic disaster last December, per a statement from the agency WorksSafe.

Details: WorksSafe declined to name those charged as they may seek name suppression in court. But Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said government agencies GNS Science, which monitors volcanic activity, and the National Emergency Management Agency were among those charged over the "horrific tragedy" that killed 22 people.

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