India’s biggest resource – a young population, a democratic system, or the large pool of wealthy citizens it sends abroad?

According to a new report from WealthInsight, the researchers, 180,000 Indian millionaires live abroad and they are together worth $634bn – a figure that is expected to grow to $1.1tn in three years. Read more

By Kristina Sandklef of East Capital

The annual National People’s Congress (NPC), which is meeting in Beijing this month, is expected to take steps to deepen the economic reforms required to ensure a sustainable economic development.

While it is still too early to confirm any major changes instigated by the new leaders, we can assume urbanisation will be an important part of the new economic reforms and a building block of fulfilling the Chinese dream, the new mantra of the new party chief Xi Jinping. Read more

Thailand’s attempt to register around 1.5m illegal migrant workers by the middle of next month is causing more problems than it might solve.

The deadline for workers to apply for permits has been extended – but with employers reluctant to apply on behalf of workers, and workers forced to jump through several expensive bureaucratic hoops, there are still 1m yet to complete their registration. Hanging over the process is the threat of deportation – and worries for business. Read more

Globalisation isn’t as simple – or as flat – as you might think. It’s uneven and has been knocked by the financial crisis. In some ways, the world is becoming less globally connected and more regionally-orientated, in contrast to most assumptions.

That’s the findings of the global connectivity index created by academics from the IESE Business School, which sheds light on the current state of globalisation with interesting results. Read more

A surge of remittances during the global financial crisis has helped to support the economies of some of the world’s least developed countries.

But a report published on Monday has underlined the high price such LDCs – including many poor countries in Africa – are paying for these transfers from migrants working abroad – a crippling “brain drain”. Read more

The China-Africa encounter is normally viewed through giant mining and infrastructure projects, multibillion dollar loans, and high-level diplomacy.

But the major state-owned enterprises aren’t the only Chinese businesses making inroads into the continent. Small-scale traders have established themselves as a part of everyday economic life. While Africa offers them opportunities, their presence has frequently generated a backlash. Read more

Do they know something the rest of us don’t? According to Friday’s state-owned Shanghai Daily, more than 1m Shanghainese citizens are living overseas, an increase of 50 per cent over the past eight years. This news comes at the same time as foreigners hit by the global financial crisis have increasingly been seeking their fortunes in Shanghai.  Read more

It may have looked like a big rush for the last plane out of Manila’s international airport.

The number of Filipinos leaving for foreign jobs surged by 47.8 per cent on the year in December and 17.3 per cent in November after the government finally allowed deployment to many Middle East and North African countries gripped by violent political conflict, according to officials of the National Statistical Coordination Board. Read more

Not so long ago, anyone in Brazil who wanted to make enough money to support their family was better off getting on the first flight out of there and going to work abroad.

But how things have changed. Now it seems it’s foreigners who are queuing up in Brazil to support their impoverished families back in the US and Europe. Read more

Brazilians are used to seeing their compatriots head abroad to try their luck in Europe or North America. Until recently, they weren’t so used to seeing foreigners coming the other way.

But now that the rich countries are embroiled in crisis as Brazil continues to grow, the direction of migratory flows is changing. For the first time in twenty years, there are more foreigners living in Brazil than there are Brazilians living abroad. Read more

It may not feel like it if you’re walking around London or Miami, but the Brazilians are coming home.

From top football stars to chief executives, Brazilians who emigrated years ago in search of better work opportunities are now discovering that their future may be brighter back in Brazil than in crisis-ridden Europe or the US.

The trainee scheme run by Vale, Brazil’s giant iron ore miner, is a case in point. Read more

Business often finds a way around a bureaucratic barrier. And so it is with the extra visa restrictions the US is placing on foreign software engineers, not least those from India. Ostensibly a victory for the US protectionist lobby seeking to safeguard American jobs? Yes. But in the long run, recruiting more Americans will help the Indian IT services suppliers to establish stronger bases in the US. Like the Japanese carmakers 20 years ago, they will benefit from being closer to their biggest market. Their domestic US rivals had better watch out.  Read more

Cars wait to cross the US-Mexico borderThere was bittersweet news this week for the millions of Mexican households that receive remittances from family members working in the US.

These funds, which topped an astonishing $26bn in 2007, have become a vital source of income over the last couple of decades. And they have helped fund everything from garish Disneyland-inspired family homes in the remote Mexican countryside simply to ensuring that there is food on the table each day. Read more