Chinese people in Angola

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Chinese people in Angola
Total population
(50,000 (2017)[1])
Regions with significant populations
Related ethnic groups
Overseas Chinese

Chinese people in Angola are a recent group of residents, having arrived in Angola in the past few decades.

Thousands of Chinese construction workers, engineers, planners, and support staff that includes doctors and cooks reside in Angola, making the construction sector a large magnet for Chinese.[2]

Over 500 Chinese companies have operated in Angola, as part of post-war reconstruction.[3] The height of the wave was around 2012 when Angola's Office of Migration and Foreigners, stated 258,920 Chinese resided in Angola, the vast majority (258,391) on work visas.[4]

The level of the Chinese population before the crash in oil prices in 2014 has fallen dramatically. In 2017, a Chinese business association leader told Bloomberg that the population was approximately 50,000.[1] Many Chinese have left the country recently because of rising crime against Chinese, including rapes, robberies and murder, the depreciation of Angola currency due to the oil crash, and halting of construction contracts by Chinese companies.[5][1]

During a large outbreak of yellow fever in Angola in the spring of 2016, eleven Chinese nationals were reported to have traveled home to China with the disease, with the last case in April 2016.[6] The Chinese strengthened surveillance and sent a medical team to Angola to provide vaccination to Chinese nationals.


  1. ^ a b c "Chinese Businesses Quit Angola After `Disastrous' Currency Blow". Bloomberg. April 20, 2017. 
  2. ^ Ash, Lucy (4 December 2007). "Chinese reaching out to Angola". BBC News. 
  3. ^ "Chinese firms urged to beef up security in Angola amid worrying crimes - Xinhua |". Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Angola: Cerca de 259.000 chineses vivem atualmente no país", Visão, 2012-04-25, retrieved 2013-01-13 
  5. ^ "INTERVIEW-Rise in violent crime alarms Chinese in Angola| News by Country| Reuters". Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Yellow Fever – China". World Health Organization. Retrieved 1 May 2016.