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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Tropical Storm Beta was dumping heavy rains over Texas as it churned its way inland overnight, bringing the risk of "life-threatening storm surge" and flooding to parts of the state and Louisiana, the National Hurricane Center said.

What's happening: The slow-moving storm was causing coastal flooding along areas including the bays near Houston and Galveston in Texas Monday, per the National Weather Service. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) made a disaster declaration and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) declared a state of emergency Monday.

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A demonstrator holds up a sign of Breonna Taylor during a protest in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

The Louisville police chief declared in a memo obtained by news outlets a "state of emergency" for the department on Monday to prepare for Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's expected announcement on the Breonna Taylor case.

Of note: Louisville has witnessed more than 115 days of protests over the police killing of Taylor, an unarmed Black woman, with calls for all the officers involved to be charged.

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