In recent years, the number of Hong Kong’s migrant population has increased again, with a significant increase in the proportion of young people. “This is closely related to the political disputes in Hong Kong in recent years,” he said.
Zhong Jianhua, director of the centre for social policy studies at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, said that around the mid-1980s Sino-British negotiations, Hong Kong has experienced a wave of immigration since the June 4th incident in 1989 and the mid-1990s, which has since faded for more than a decade. However, in the past few years, the number of people who have moved out of Hong Kong has risen again.
Zhong points out, the number of young immigrants is on the rise.
He said that many young people in Hong Kong, some of whom have not even graduated from university, have already hoped to save enough money to apply for immigrants to Taiwan, the United States, Canada, Australia and other traditional destinations. And the number of people with this idea has increased significantly in recent years. This is different from the fact that Hong Kong has a large migrant population of 30 to 40 years of age and has some economic strength.
Zhong points out that this phenomenon is closely related to the political controversy in Hong Kong in recent years. Young people are very dissatisfied with the social situation, but they are unable to change it. In addition, the pressure of living in Hong Kong is too great and the cost of living is too high. Since there is nothing to do in Hong Kong, it is better to immigrate.
He said his eldest son, who graduated from the Institute at the end of 2018, plans to stay in the United States and not return to Hong Kong because “there is no hope for Hong Kong.” He had to respect his son’s choice.
Zhou Kaiting, head of Hong Kong’s immigration consultant, also said that the number of applications for immigrants in Hong Kong increased by about 20% in 2018 compared with 2017. However, the number of immigrants to Taiwan is increasing due to the low threshold of entry to Taiwan. At the same time, the proportion of young people who consult immigrants has increased significantly, and there are even more 20 year old.
According to the report, A Fen and her husband immigrated to Taiwan in the summer of 2017, lived in the new north city and just obtained Taiwan identity cards. She said that the main reason why she chose to move to Taiwan was that the threshold was lower. Other countries, such as Australia, Canada and the United States, have been tightening immigration policies in recent years, with a threshold of millions of dollars.