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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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In photos: Protesters rally for George Floyd ahead of Derek Chauvin's trial

Chaz Neal, a Redwing community activist, outside the Minnesota Governor's residence during a protest in support of George Floyd in St.Paul, Minnesota, on March 6. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

Dozens of protesters were rallying outside the Minnesota governor's mansion in St Paul Saturday, urging justice for George Floyd ahead of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's trial over the 46-year-old's death.

The big picture: Chauvin faces charges for second-degree murder and manslaughter over Floyd's death last May, which ignited massive nationwide and global protests against racism and for police reform. His trial is due to start this Monday, with jury selection procedures.

Biden says $1,400 stimulus payments can start going out this month

Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

President Biden said Saturday that the Senate passage of his $1.9 trillion COVID relief package means the $1,400 direct payments for most Americans can begin going out later this month.

Driving the news: The Senate voted 50-49 Saturday to approve the sweeping legislation. The House is expected to pass the Senate's version of the bill next week before it heads to Biden's desk for his signature.

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