The world’s biggest economy is poised to reopen its borders in a bid to stem the flow of migrants fleeing poverty and war in the Middle East and Africa.
In a bid that has been widely expected, Chinese authorities have announced they will reopen the country’s borders on Friday, bringing its total population to 3.8 million.
However, the move is unlikely to significantly reduce the number of people crossing into the country.
The number of migrants who have made the perilous journey from Myanmar, Thailand and Laos, to reach China has grown by nearly 3,000 per day since China announced the closure of its border in January.
Many migrants have ended up in northern China, where the number has risen by a factor of three since the start of the year, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
The UNHCR has reported at least 1,100 people have died trying to cross into China since it opened its borders.