Hong Kong is experiencing an exodus of emigrants after implementing the Hong Kong version of the National Security Law. A survey shows that as many as 60% of Hong Kong residents surveyed plan to emigrate within six months to two years.
Most of those who have this idea are middle-class and wealthy families. The first choice for emigration is the United Kingdom.
The third “International Immigration and Property Expo” was held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center for two consecutive days, from June 11 to 12. More than 70 professional lectures and comprehensive analysis of migration information from over 20 popular countries.
According to Hong Kong 01, the findings from the event show the net outflow of Hong Kong’s population has reached 140,000 in the first quarter of this year.
Besides, the organizers conducted an online survey and collected about 35,000 questionnaires. The results show that 60% of respondents plan to emigrate to other nations within the next six months to 2 years, and 19% answered that they might consider relocating within six months.
Regarding potential destinations, the United Kingdom tops with 31%, followed by Canada with 22% and Australia with 21%. They are all the nations that have introduced “emigration lifeboats” for Hong Kong people after the introduction of the Hong Kong National Security Law.
In terms of financial status, 66% have assets of 8 million Hong Kong dollars (1 million dollars) or more. 17% possess more than 50 million Hong Kong dollars (6.3 million dollars). This result indicates Hong Kong’s affluent families are more likely to consider leaving their country.
Xie Peihao, director of the International Migration and Property Expo, said that the social and political atmosphere in Hong Kong has an important influence on its people’s willingness to leave. Besides, preferential immigration policies offered by many countries have also increased public desire to leave Hong Kong.
In June 2020, Beijing passed Hong Kong National Security Law in the wake of anti-government riots instigated by a bill proposed in 2019 to enable extradition to the mainland.
BBC listed some points of the law. Particularly, Beijing would set up a national security office in Hong Kong to collect intelligence and handle crimes. Hong Kong would have to establish its national security commission to enforce the laws with a Beijing-appointed adviser. Beijing would have power over how the law should be interpreted, not any Hong Kong judicial or policy body.