According to a survey result released on April 19, 84% of Hong Kong residents are open to leaving the city for other countries.
Bartra Wealth Advisors (“Bartra”) conducted the study in March, a Hong Kong-based immigration advisory service. It gathered input from 500 people aged 18 and over.
The results show that 84% of the survey respondents intend to migrate, of which 50% aim for a better living environment, 30% are motivated by better education for their children, and 20% want to reside and obtain foreign citizenship.
The top chosen immigration destinations for Hong Kong people are Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.
Hong Kong has been in a historic exodus since the police crackdown on anti-extradition bill protests in 2019 and Beijing’s introduction of sweeping national security law in June 2020.
As South China Morning Post reported on February 6, with Beijing’s crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, Canadian immigration applications sometimes reached 57,339 applications.
The mass emigration wave was repeated in 1997 as Hong Kong’s sovereignty was transferred from the United Kingdom to China.
In light of political developments in Hong Kong following the national security law, senior immigration consultant Willis Fu Yiu-Wai of Goldmax Associates believed that interest in leaving the city would remain, especially among people between the ages of 23 and 40.
He said, ‘The political climate and the recent shutdown of Stand News may have affected some Hongkongers, but the migration trend will continue.’