Pieter van der Houwen is a Dutch photographer and journalist.

Van der Houwen worked in Africa for 20 years. Since 2009 he resides in Glasgow, where he has been focusing on the African diaspora for his doctorate in Political Communication.

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Pieter van der Houwen

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Africatown, China

  • Migration
  • Politics

Stringent European migration legislation has shifted traditional African migration circuits towards China. The process of obtaining a European visa is long and tiresome. It can take up to two years without any guarantee of actually acquiring the visa, a Chinese visa takes a day. This led to the formation of African communities in China, such as the Congolese community in the Xiaobei district in the city of Guangzhou.